Which Type Of Roofing Material Is The Most Durable?

When it comes to choosing a new roof for your house there are several factors that you should be taking into consideration. One of the main factors should be durability, you want a roof that will sustain durability in all weather conditions and provide your house with the good coverage it will need throughout its lifespan.

Slate Roofing

If you’re looking for a more vintage and historical look then you cannot go wrong with slate roofing! 

Slate roofing is probably one of the oldest, and more expensive materials, but is the best option for roofing and can last for over 100 years. Overall durability will not be a concern when it comes to this type of roofing due to its expensive materials and differentiating itself from other materials by providing fireproofing, mould resistance and being sustainable in even the most severe weather conditions (hail, heavy winds, or even storm damage).

Finally, slate roofing is a natural material made out of rock, meaning that the manufacturing process of the shingles is quite clean. Slate being one of the denser roofing materials on the market, it is energy efficient which makes it easier to control your house temperature.

If the roof you are renovating is a home that you are planning on living in on a more long term basis, it is beneficial to invest your money in a roof that is going to last for the timespan that you are going to be living in there.

Clay or Cement Tiles

Clay roofing is still one of the most popular roofing materials throughout the country and can sustain many different weather conditions such as high winds, hurricanes and other extreme weather conditions. The average life expectancy for clay tiles is between 50 – 100 years and can last many years, as long as regular maintenance is factored in since individual tiles can break.

Available in a wide range of different styles, they are very unique, available in a variety of different shapes, colours, finishes and patterns for your house. They are environmentally friendly and energy resistant since they have a natural thermal resistance, increasing your house value and completing the look of your property.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing materials will last on average for at least 50 years. With the different variations available (alloy, aluminium, copper, steel or zinc), there are options available to suit your needs. Although, metal roofs are more expensive than the other material alternatives, they are the most durable on the list.

Not only are they durable, with metal being a good insulator, you won’t have to worry about insulation. Metal roofs can reflect heat from the sun, providing a cooler house in the summer. They are also quite easy to apply additional insulation to your roof, allowing your home to stay warmer in the winter too!

Finally, metal roofs are also one of the most environmentally friendly options available making them 100% recyclable alone and disposing of a breeze once they have come to the end of their lifespan.

Flat Roofing

Flat roofing materials offer a life expectancy of around 50 years. If you want to go for a cost-effective solution then this is your best bet. Flat roofing materials can also be quite environmentally friendly due to the sheets used and can be recycled and used for other purposes once they are almost disintegrated. 

Flat roofs also provide a quicker installation, and are easy to maintain compared to other variants, all whilst providing a longer lifespan and can be cleaned quite easily if you want to remove moulds, and stains from your roof regularly to prevent debris from building up.

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Sometimes the cheapest options are the easiest to pick when facing renovations, but thinking more long term may mean that the more expensive roofing material choice can be a better value over the lifetime of your home. 

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