Most residential properties (90% +) use asphalt shingles, which is by far the most economical approach to having a good looking, durable roof that will last for years to come – although these roofs will need to be replaced at some point down the road. Most commercial properties use mopped tar and decorative stone, which is also a durable roofing method, but as with asphalt shingles – these types of roofs require maintenance after about a decade or so.
Today, some modern roofing materials consist of metal. Metal roofing has proven to be tough, durable and long lasting. The cost of metal roofing is substantially higher than asphalt shingles or tar, but metal roofs are usually guaranteed for the life of your home and require little to no maintenance. With regards to long term investing – metal roofs are the way to go.
Another type of roofing material that’s been used in Europe for centuries are terracotta roofing tiles (baked clay tiles). Although their appearance hasn’t changed much over the years, the constitution of their construction has. Today terracotta roofing tiles are enhanced with concrete fibers and other strengthening materials to improve their durability and longevity.
Natural materials have been used for roofing since our ancestors started constructing shelters. Cedar planks are great to look at and smell good when they’re new, but unfortunately they lose their reddish color and fragrance after only a year or so – if you are using cedar planks – beware that this great look is short lived.
Slate stone roofs are also highly sought after for their longevity and appearance, however this type of roofing material is extremely expensive to purchase and requires skilled professionals to install them.
Whichever roof you choose to add to your house or commercial property, make sure it suits your budget and needs. If you can afford expensive roofing materials, they just may work out to be a better investment in the long run, but even the least expensive roofing materials should see your kids all the way through their school years.