The main advantage of these materials is that they are cheap thus ideal for homeowners who are operating on a tight budget.
When they are installed properly, the materials require very little maintenance. Research has shown that the materials also tend to have a long lifespan where asphalt shingles have a lifespan of 15-30 years, tile shingles can last for up to 50 years, cedar wood has a lifespan of 25 years, while slate has a lifespan of over 100 years.
Although, the shingles have these advantages, they have their fair share of disadvantages. One disadvantage is that they tend to crack and lose color when they are exposed to ultraviolet rays of the sun for a long time.
The materials also tend to gather moisture and can cause algae growth which tends to destroy the materials and as a result you are required to replace the shingles every now and then.
Another disadvantage is that wood shingles are less resistant to rot and fire, while slate and tile materials tend to easily break. Slate and tile shingles have also been found to be very heavy and can easily cause a building to collapse.
Metal roofing is made from steel, zinc, copper or aluminum and it comes in long sheets that can be cut into small pieces.
The good side with metal roofing is that it does not require any maintenance and has a long lifespan (of up to 50 years). Another great thing is that the roofing reflects heat which aids in reducing the energy bills.
In addition to this the roofing can withstand strong winds and is fire resistant. The roof has also been found to be algae, rust and corrosion resistant. The roofing is also not affected by insects.
Although, the metal roofing has these advantages, it’s expensive. Installation of the roof also requires special skills; therefore, you need to hire the services of a professional to do the work for you.
Another disadvantage is that when the metal is damaged, it’s difficult to find the same design for replacement purposes. The metal roofing also tends to be very slippery when wet; therefore, you have to be very careful when walking on it.