What is the best type of roofing materials?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    These most common options cover more than 95 percent of residential roofs in the United States, so unless you’ve got something unusual in mind like solar tiles oh, wait, we’ve included those or a vegetative green roof, the options you’re considering are likely discussed here.....

  • In
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    3 weeks ago

    Clay tile (Terra Cotta), slate, or standing seam metal roofs are all very durable and low maintenance materials that are also wind, fire, and hail resistant although the up-front cost is higher.  Clay tile and slate roofs weight significantly more than asphalt shingle or metal roofs so the cost of sturdier framing and roof decking needs to be taken into account when deciding on a material.

  • roger
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    3 weeks ago

    Painted  metal is  good.  usually guaranteed for  50 years.    A  friend  put a  stainless steel  roof on her house.   Should be good   for  300 years.

    • In
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      3 weeks agoReport

      ...and should be paid for in about 300 years.  =)

  • 3 weeks ago

    I like metal if put on right- last my lifetime. Slate is good too- last a bunch of lifetimes but really expensive.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    this can not be answered without information on what you are roofing, the climate, and the construction of the roof.  In general, custom cut metal sheets that interlock produces a very long lasting metal roof ... and is expensive.  Slates properly installed will last even longer, but costs far more and requires a highly skilled installer [who, of course, is then very well paid].

  • elhigh
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    3 weeks ago

    This can't be answered without more information.

    In the States, in an area with typical rainfall, the most common material is going to be asphalt shingles.  They're inexpensive, durable and easy to install.  They're good down to a roof slope of about 3/12.  The packaging will probably say no lower than 4/12, that's the manufacturers being extra conservative.

    If you want lower than that, you're going to have to look at other alternatives.  In other parts of the world where asphalt shingles are not as common, you're going to have to consider other alternatives.

    • In
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      3 weeks agoReport

      Even the cheapest 3 tab asphalt shingle carries a minimum 20 year guarantee. Pro-rated of course.  =(

  • 3 weeks ago

    depends on where you live and what you are roofing. 3 tab asphalt are the most common. Clay tile is better in a fire zone in California. Roofs without slope are (can be) covered in hot tar. Outbuildings / barns / carports can ce covered with long, wide metal pieces.

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