Despite being one of the newest roofing materials on the market, asphalt shingles are easily the most popular. Asphalt-based roofing products began being manufactured in the late 1800s while tile, metal, and slate have been around for centuries. It’s easy to see why asphalt shingles quickly rose to become the most popular roofing material in the US. They are inexpensive to manufacture and easy to install. Though the lifespan of this material is shorter than most others, the cost to longevity ratio still make them a very cost effective option.
One downside to asphalt shingles is that they don’t stand out as much since so many homes have them. For homeowners looking for something different, here are a few alternatives that have been around a lot longer.
Clay or concrete tiles
Clay or concrete tiles are ideal for Mediterranean or Spanish style homes but they can look great on many other homes as well. These tiles are costlier and break easily if walked on but if installed and cared for properly they will last much longer than asphalt shingles.
Metal roofs are typically made from recycled materials and are 100% recyclable when they’re removed so they’re an environmentally-friendly option especially when you consider that they also cut energy bills thanks to their reflective properties. They will last 2-3 times longer than asphalt shingles.
Slate is the heaviest and most expensive roofing material and must be installed by a roofer with experience working with slate but it will outlast you and probably several generations after you.
Contact a Spokane roofing company to ask about these or other materials that may be a good option for your home.
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