In many of our blogs we’ve told you all about why metal roofing beats traditional asphalt shingles. In fact, here’s an entire blog on why most asphalt shingles are vastly inferior to steel roofs. (Here’s the one notable exception.) But metal and asphalt shingles aren’t the only types of ways to cover your home’s roof. Let’s take a look at other popular types of roofing, including clay, concrete, and slate tiles as well as wooden shingles.
Here’s something that we don’t need to tell you: concrete is very heavy. In fact, it’s so heavy that you have to either a) build a home’s roof with the intention of holding up all that weight or, b) reinforce your attic so that it can withstand the weight. Also, because concrete is porous, it requires a sealant to be periodically reapplied so that it doesn’t absorb rainwater.
Oh, and let’s not forget how well concrete absorbs heat. If you’ve ever been on the Las Vegas strip in August and hoped that it would cool off after dark, you know how disappointed you were as the heat radiated from the concrete sidewalks below you.
Clay tiles can look very classy, but they have the same problem with weight as concrete roofs do; if your house wasn’t built to hold it, you have to reinforce. Clay tiles are also very difficult to repair. Though they are robust against the elements, you need a specialist who knows how to properly move across them so that they don’t crack underfoot. Oh, and while the materials themselves might hold up, the underlying parts of the roof might not. If you have to replace the wooden base of your roof, the tiles will have to be removed and then put back on (at considerable expense, of course!).
We won’t deny it, slate tile can look great, but it has many of the same disadvantages of concrete and clay tile. It’s extremely heavy and is difficult to walk on and fix. Also, because it’s such a specialized skill you’re going to have to hire an expensive specialist to install it, and installation takes much longer than most any other type of roofing.
The most common type of wood shingle is the cedar shingle. The main reason people enjoy cedar shingles is that they give a house that old-timey feel. Because of the nature of wood, no two roofs every look exactly the same.
Unfortunately, wood shingles have to be installed properly so that they can breath, otherwise they are very susceptible to moisture build-up and can invite mold into your home. On top of that, cedar roofs are very expensive to purchase and install. Worst of all, they require considerable upkeep to stain, meaning every few years people pay to have them maintained. You certainly don’t see too many of these here in Melbourne!
When it comes to roofing, there’s aren’t many methods and materials that can beat what you’ll get our of a metal roof from Hippo. If you’re convinced, contact us today!