Your home requires care from top to bottom. The two most important things to take care of are the top and the bottom. The foundation and the roof support and protect the rest of the house and your valued possessions. In fact, the roof is more vital than the foundation. The roof allows your walls, foundation and possessions to survive the weather.
Nothing lasts forever, including the roof of your house. Roofing a home is not a trivial task or expense. It is something that a homeowner should consider carefully. Materials make the appearance and durability of your roof.
There are many choices of roofing materials. Asphalt shingles are common. They are economical, easy to apply and durable. An asphalt shingle roof can be expected to last 20 to 30 years under normal conditions.
Cedar shingles are another common choice for roofing material. While they add beauty and accent to the house there are drawbacks. They are more expensive and less fire resistant than asphalt. Under ideal conditions they will last 30 years.
Ceramic tiles are more common in arid areas than temperate zones. They will outlast both you and your home. The tradeoff is expense and the heavy roof structure to support them. Fire and weather resistant, ceramic shingles can be colored to match your chosen palette. If your pocketbook can stand the strain, they are an excellent roofing material.
Shale tiles have many of the same advantages and drawbacks as ceramic. Naturally colored stone, they are exceptionally resistant to weather and wear. If you are building or roofing a home you want your grandchildren to enjoy then shale is definitely worth consideration.
Galvanized metal is a widely available, economical roofing material. It is not as popular in this country as Australia, but is worth serious consideration if budget is a priority. It will outlast many types of shingles and there is nothing that can match the sound of rain on a metal roof.
One metal that can be used for roofing if you can stand the sticker shock is copper. A soft, durable metal it can be shaped to suit any roof. In Europe it has been used for domes that have lasted hundreds of years. It has the heirloom quality of the old country if you can stand the up-front cost.
The roof of your home is vital to protecting your home and assets. Choose your material carefully.