Comparison of Some Types of Roofing

Before comparing several types of roof, you should know the type of roof that is used as a roof, such as:

  1. Wood Shingles and Shakes
    Wood shingles and shakes made from rot resistant woods have low fire resistance unless treated.
  2. Slate Roofing
    Slate is one of the oldest roofing materials. Though brittle and expensive, it is very durable and resists both wind and fire.
  3. Tin Roofing
    Tin roofing is actually tin-coated rolled steel, and it takes the best attributes from each of these metals to create a very durable roofing product.
  4. Metal  Roofing
    While more expensive than asphalt, metal roofing lasts longer and is more wind resistant.
  5. Plastic Polymer
    These durable synthetic roofing shingles resemble either wood shakes or slate.
  6. Clay Tile Roofing
    While brittle and heavy, clay tiles can last a long time and are very fire resistant.
  7. Concrete Tile Roofing
    Less expensive than clay tiles, concrete roof tiles are also heavy but can last a long time and are very fire resistant.
  8. Asphalt Shingles
    Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing for homes, comprising over 80% of residential roofing market.

 

Name / DescriptionBase MaterialsAppearanceDurability (Years)WeightSlopeFire ResistanceWind ResistanceCost
Asphalt ShingleAn organic paper fiber mat Available in traditional 3-tab shingles or thicker laminated “architectural” shingles25Moderate in weightCan be used on fairly low to steeper sloped roofsGoodFairInexpensive to moderate
Clay Tile RoofingNatural clayTraditional Italian or Spanish look100Heavy, require reinforced roof framing to supportCan be used on moderate to steeper sloped roofsExcellentFair to LowExpensive
Concrete Tile RoofingA mixture of Portland cement and sandResemble traditional clay tiles50Heavy, require reinforced roof framing to supportCan be used on moderate to steeper sloped roofsExcellentFair to LowModerate
Metal RoofingComposite of steel, aluminium, or zinc alloyAvailable in sheets or in shingles that resemble other materials60LightweightAvailable for low or steep sloped roofsGoodGoodModerate
Plastic Polymer RoofingSynthetic roofing shinglesResemble slate or wood shakes50Light to moderate in weightCan be used on moderate to steep sloped roofsGoodGoodModerate
Slate RoofingNatural slate rockUsually dark gray with irregular appearance150Heavy, require reinforced roofing structure to supportCan be used on moderate to steeper sloped roofsExcellentFair to LowVery Expensive
Tin RoofingActually tin-coated rolled steel60LightweightAvailable for low or steep sloped roofsExcellentGoodExpensive
Wood Shingles and ShakesCommonly made of cedarGives natural look, weathers to a silvery gray20Moderate in weightCan be used on moderate to steep sloped roofsPoorGoodModerate

 

By reading the comparison table above some types of roof will give you the knowledge before deciding which roof you will use on your home.

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