Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. However, even for diligent homeowners, the rooftop can seem so out of the way that you might forget that it needs its fair share of upkeep, just like the rest of your home. Soon or later, your roof will require repair or replacement. When that time comes, you might want to consider your options before replacing the rooftop with the same old fare. Here are a few of the best roof materials to consider if you plan to have your roof redone.
These are the most common roofing material currently in use in the United States. Asphalt shingles make up about 70% of the roof materials used for American houses. They’re overall the cheapest type of roofing on the market currently. That cost-effectiveness, however, means that they’re a bit less durable than other roofing materials, with asphalt shingles lasting somewhere between 10-12 years on average before they need to be replaced. Weather extremes can be a bit of a hassle too, intense heating and cooling can cause asphalt shingles to crack. Thankfully it’s not all bad news. Roofing repairs are often much cheaper for a shingle roof of another material.
Tile is an old classic roofing option that has withstood the test of time. While not as widespread as shingle nowadays, in some areas of the United States they’re popularity can’t be denied. There are three general types of tile that vary in look and durability. The most classic is the traditional clay tile, which is reinforced to increase its durability. Concrete and Fiber tiles are similar but are designed to be much lighter than standard clay tile, making them easier to work with while maintaining their toughness. Perhaps the best aspect of tile roofing is its lifespans. All forms of tile are capable of lasting approximately 50 years.
Tesla solar tiles
Here’s something a bit more exotic. Tesla’s new solar roof tiles turn your entire roof into a solar panel. Not only do they look great but they’ll act as a source of clean energy to power your home, saving you money as well as lowering your environmental impact. And that a good thing, as Tesla’s solar tiles aren’t exactly cheap, potentially running between $22 to $25 a square foot. That can add up to quite the expense but these tiles are likely to pay for themselves within a year. As a new product, there will be pros and cons for anyone deciding to go with a solar roof. You’ll want to check them out before you plan to buy.