A metal roof is lighter than a concrete or clay roof, more durable than a roof made from bituminous shingles and easier to handle than most roofs. Therefore, it is becoming more popular and is available on the market in a wide range of designs and styles.
Metal panels and shingles are known for their long-term durability, longevity and resistance to wind, hail and fire.
Metal profiles and fittings are designed to interconnect and overlap to withstand wind and keep the elements intact. Modern manufacturing techniques have increased the durability and the aspect of metal roofs. The advances in durability are mainly due to improvements in painting technology, especially the transition from galvanizing with zinc to a combination of zinc and aluminum. The new technology, installed by reputable Centennial roofing companies, offers a complete coating that withstands the harshest environmental conditions and ensures a longer lifespan than before.
Metal shingles can now also be coated with natural stone granules in a basic acrylic layer, which forms a textured surface of provides additional protection, suitable even for the harshest environments in the world.
Additionally, modern metal roof systems come with insulation that provide energy efficiency and create an efficient barrier against exterior noises.
Ceramic tiles are one of the oldest types of roofing known today. It was first built in the year 800 BC by the Etruscan population who realized that this material can provide great protection when used for roofs.
Ceramic tiles are made of clay mixed with water, air dried then burned in fire at high temperatures, to ensure durability. They can be used on any type of roof, match most styles and are resistant in any environment.
Durability is definitely one of the most significant advantages of a ceramic roof. This type of roof can have a lifespan of over 100 years, being resistant to rain, snow, wind, hail or fire. It does not deteriorate at extreme temperatures and is immune to prolonged sunlight exposure. The only downside is that it is prone to vegetation growth (moss, algae…), but with regular maintenance, there is nothing to worry about.
Although asphalt shingles are the most common and popular roofing material due to it excellent price-quality ratio, people are more and more reluctant about it, considering its reduced durability compared to other materials. However, asphalt shingles are not just the three-tab shingles. Manufacturers came up with dimensional shingles, also known as architectural shingles, which are thicker than their regular counterparts and created with durability and resistance in mind.
The top of the line is represented by GAF’s dimensional shingles, which are designed and manufactured with an advanced technology. These materials are tested to withstand category 4 hurricanes (150 mph wind speeds).
Natural slate is a rock whose main advantages are durability, aspect, elegance and the fact that it is a non-combustible material. On the other hand, it is a heavy material, not very cheap, but it has the longest lifespan (between 75 and 150 years). Roofers often say that a slate roof has unlimited lifespan, and there are many examples of historical building covered with beautiful slate roofs that last for centuries.