Shake and Wood Shingles: Wood shingles and shakes can be purchased in cedar, redwood, southern pine and other woods, cedar being the most costly. Wood shingles are cut by machine, while wood shakes are handmade and have a rougher look. Life Span Averaged: 30 to 50 years
Clay & Concrete Tiles: Clay tiles are very heavy, requiring additional roof framing, but they are non-combustible and extremely durable. Clay roofing tiles can come in lighter colors, which adhere to the cool roof standards and can reflect well over 50% of the sun’s solar energy. Concrete roofing tiles offer elegant, enduring aesthetics for your home’s design and added value. Concrete tiles are very versatile and provide greater protection to the homeowner.These flexible tiles come in so many different hues, shapes, textures and styles that they don’t even look like tiles at all. Life Span Average: 50 plus
Slate: Slate has a beautiful, distinctive appearance. Although very heavy, a slate roof is non-leaching and will last for many years. It is easy to repair and recycle. Because slate is often a dark color it isn’t recommended for high-heat locations. Approx Cost $550 to $1000+ per square (10X10 area = 100 square feet = 1 square) Life Span Average: 50 to 100 years.
Metal(Steel, aluminum and copper): Metal roofs are some of the coolest roofs around, both in temperature and style for new homes. Metal roofs are available in copper, aluminum, and stainless steel, and often have a high percentage of recycled content. They offer high insulation solar reflection, and durability, often lasting twice as long as wood or asphalt. Aside from its longevity, metal shingles are much lighter than most materials and very resistance to adverse weather. Life Span Average: At least 40-50 years.
Flat Roof Options: Built-Up Roof, Modified Bitumen(similar to tar & gravel) and Roll Roofing (asphalt or tar)
The final product of a flat roof is coated with a mineral such as gravel. Built-up roofs are rated by how many layers are applied, usually between 3 and 5 layers are considered standard.
Modified bitumen roofing Similar to the tar and gravel roof, this roof adds layers of polyester or fiberglass with bitumen. These additional layers add strength and resistance to a flat roof.
Roll roofing This low cost roofing product is made from materials similar to asphalt shingles, but has a relatively short life expectancy-less than 10 years-because it is a single-ply roof. Life Span Average:10-15 years.