If you live in a hurricane zone or another area where there are frequent high winds and heavy rain, two great roofing materials to consider are steel and clay tiles. Both are durable enough to withstand the elements, but which is right for your home will depend on other factors. Here's a look at the pros and cons of both roofing types.
Clay tiles can last for many decades (50 – 70 years), and when a few tiles break, they are rather easy to replace. They don't just come in the classic terracotta color, either. Modern clay tiles can be dyed most any color, though the color might fade over the years. Clay tiles are impervious to insects and fire.
Clay tiles are a bit fragile, which makes it hard to walk on a clay tile roof to complete certain repairs. This may also be an issue if any large hail arrives – though any broken tiles are, as mentioned above, easy to replace. The other drawback to clay tiles is that they are quite heavy. Some existing homes may simply not be able to support their weight.
Steel roofs also last a long time (around 50 years). They can be applied to a home rather quickly, since they usually consist of just a few large panels. Metal roofing is an energy-efficient choice since it generally reflects more sunlight than other roofing options, so you're likely to save money on your energy bills. It is lightweight, making it an option for homes that can't support heavier roofing materials. Metal roofs come in a range of colors and styles, so you can pick one that suits your home's character.
Though steel roofs usually come coated with a rust-proofing material, you may need to have this re-applied periodically to prevent corrosion and rusting. If you live near the ocean, this will be especially important, since the salt in the air can accelerate corrosion on an untreated roof. Also, if the wind hits in just the right direction, it might lift a metal panel off of the roof.
If your home can support the weight and you don't mind having to replace some tiles now and then, clay tiles are a lovely roofing option. On the other hand, metal roofing is a good choice if your home needs a lightweight roof and you really value energy efficiency. Weigh the pros and cons above as you make your decision. Contact an area roofer, like Amick Roofing Inc, with any questions.
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