The roof is an essential part of your home, and its maintenance and upkeep are vital. When it’s time to replace your roof, look at different roofing materials to decide which will work best for your house.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs are long-lasting and durable. They are better at withstanding harsher weather conditions and are fire-resistant. Metal roofing is perfect for areas where severe storms or wildfires are common. Another benefit is that they can be eco-friendly when made from recycled materials.

With all of these benefits, you may be wondering what the downsides are. Metal roofs are a more costly option. If any large debris from a storm lands on the roof and causes dents, it is expensive to repair. Metal is a roofing material that is prone to rust over time and is noisy in heavy rainfall.

Roofing Materials Made of Clay

Clay is an excellent option if you want durability and style. It has a more classic appeal while also being a strong roofing material. Clay tiles are durable and long-lasting, with a lifespan of up to around 50 years or longer. Thanks to its durability, clay is an excellent option if you live in a stormy area. It has a higher impact resistance than some other durable options. It’s also good if you live in a fire-prone region because clay roofs are fire-resistant.

The biggest cons to using clay tiles for your roof are that they are more expensive and harder to maintain. They are costly to install since clay tiles have to be cut in a more custom pattern to fit your roof. If you want clay tiles for your roof, hire a professional for installation and repairs.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles have many pros and cons. They are one of the most cost-efficient materials and are affordable to install. Asphalt shingles last 20-30 years when well-maintained in moderate climates.  You can easily and affordably replace a few missing shingles to keep your roof in good condition protecting your home and belongings.

However, asphalt shingles are more prone to cracking and being lifted by the wind. They are relatively light, making them more vulnerable to these risks. Fluctuating temperature and weather also play a role in the lifespan of asphalt shingles, especially cracking and buckling caused by extreme conditions.

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