Wood roofing is installable in either shingles (trim and crisp, cut by a machine) or shakes (hand-splint, for a rustic appeal). The highest-value option is cedar, which tends to outlast most common types of roofing by at least a decade. If aesthetic matters greatly you, this may be a viable choice: a cedar roof will reward you with that enhanced, natural beauty to your home. Wood roofs pair beautifully with more traditional or historic houses. Residents of fire-prone regions should look for products treated with fire-resistant coating.
Lifetime: 30 years
When it comes to weathering all elements – rain, sleet, snow, or hail – no other substance exceeds metal roofs in durability and performance. Sow a heftier front-end cost, and you will reap long-term gain of little to no maintenance, fire protection, and longer wear from the elements, as it will outlive other options like wood and asphalt. Available in panels or shingles, metal types of roofing include aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and zinc.
Lifetime: varies (aluminum will last 50 years, while copper could make it to 100 years or more)
Slate offers a distinct elegance, available in black, green, grey, red, and purple. A heavier option like this one does call for structural consideration – can your home bear the weight of a denser roof material? Though of far higher cost, a slate roof gifts its investors with a century-long lifetime of little to no troubles.
Lifetime: 75-100 years
For a touch of texture to a roof, clay and concrete tiles bring a distinct beauty atop one’s home. Both roofing types are energy efficient and extremely durable, but expensive, and quite heavy, and therefore must be installed by a licensed professional.
Lifetime: 100+ years
Finally, our tenth and final among our list of roof types is Spanish tile. Reminiscent of Spanish moss and stucco homes, with its distinct sheen, color, and wavy shape, Spanish tile proffers a uniquely upscale look. A bit of a synthetic/natural hybrid, it’s frequently composed of items like wood, concrete, plastic, or solar cells. It’s a great insulator and non-combustible, and one of the longest-lasting options on the market. Given its longevity and durability, Spanish tile falls at a surprisingly high-value rate.
Lifetime: 100+ years