Roof shingles are pretty popular but it may be difficult to decide which style or material to use for your roof. Asphalt shingles are commonly used but you want to know what other options you have.
Below you will find other materials aside from asphalt shingles and their pros and cons.
Good quality shingles will keep your house insulated adequately and can greatly increase the resale value of your home. Understanding your options will allow you to make the best decision regarding your home’s roof replacement.
If you want style, tile shingles may be the thing for you. They come in several shapes and colors and are often seen in homes with a Mediterranean or Spanish design.
Although you may see clay tiles in some homes and they do withstand the Canadian climate, they are not that popular in Quebec Province. They can be expensive to maintain and repair.
Metal shingles have a long lifespan – 40 to 80 years, making them one of the most durable roofing materials.
They are easy to install and are available in different colors, styles, and metals. The energy efficiency of metal roofs is also high because they reflect heat and light naturally and keeps your house cool.
However, the price of metal roofs compared to other materials is also high. Keep in mind that you will probably not replace the roof which makes the price really worth it. Remodeling Magazine’s cost vs. value report in 2020 states that the ROI of a metal roof is 61.2%.
Metal shingles are available in steel, aluminum, copper, and zinc.
Wood shingles can last as long as 40 years with good maintenance. They have strong resistance to winds, hail, and snow. In addition to their durability, wood shingles also have a high aesthetic appeal. They are available in shingles and shakes, both being different in style.
The most popular wood roofs is made of cedar. It is highly resistant to pests and insects and offer high energy-efficiency. Natural insulation will help you save on energy bills.
A disadvantage of wood shingles is that it needs more maintenance. You have to regularly clear debris and leaves so that moisture won’t be trapped and cause rot. You may also need to treat and seal cedar shingles to retain the desired color.
Tile shingles also offer a long lifespan and low maintenance. When properly installed, they can be as durable as other roofing materials.
Clay or slate are popular tile shingles and they can last as long as 100 years in the right climate and proper installation.
Tile shingles are heavy and the structure of the roof must be able to support the weight. Hailstorms and impact from falling branches can damage tile shingles. They are also more difficult to install. Not all roofing contractors work with tile shingles.
Rubber shingles can last as long as 50 years. They are also resistant to leaks, insects, fire, extreme climate, and strong winds. The cost is relatively similar to asphalt shingles, making them affordable. It is also environment-friendly because they are made from recycled tires.
In cold or hot weather, rubber shingles won’t crack as they are incredibly durable. They can absorb heat to help you save on energy bills.
Rubber shingles require professional installation by skilled roofers. The appearance is also not as attractive as other types of roofing materials but they can be painted to improve the appearance.