When choosing roof material, you should always take into account what kind of maintenance the material will require. If you are a low-maintenance kind of individual, you will want to stay away from high-maintenance roofing materials even if they are far more aesthetically pleasing. No or low maintenance won’t keep it looking that aesthetically pleasing for very long, after all.
Asphalt shingles are very popular because they are affordable and can potentially last up to 30 years. The maintenance involved in a roof made with asphalt shingles can be deceptive. You won’t have to do hardly any maintenance for the first few years, but then, like a spider crawling up your neck, you’ll suddenly notice something is amiss. The shingles will begin to curl or crack or lose their surface granules. The good news is that repairing asphalt shingles that have caused problems is relatively easy compared to other materials.
Metal roofing can quickly deteriorate if you don’t use the same kind of flashing and fastening materials. The type of metal you choose for flashing and fasteners need to be of a type or else a scientific principle known as electrolytic action will lead to a roof that needs to be replaced. If you can be sure that you’ll maintain the metal roof with the same kind of metal, you may get your metal roof to last a few decades.
If you go for that kind of look, slate tiles look way cool. The problem is that repairing slate tiles is really a job for a professional and even she might screw things up. The bit sales point of slate tile is that if you do perform regular maintenance, it can last longer than you. High quality slate tiles may last on the roof without replacement from the week after your honeymoon to your grandchild’s wedding day. The key is making sure that maintenance is done before the underlayment gets damaged.
Clay tiles chip and crack and break and it’s not a repair job you want to take on unless you really know what you’re doing or you are a quick learner. Like slate, however, clay tiles in good condition that are maintained will last your lifetime.
Wood means rotting and warping if proper maintenance isn’t applied and even sometimes if it is. Make sure your wood shingles or cedar shakes are sealed to prevent rotting, warping and splitting. If your wood shingles do come in need of a repair, they are much easier for the DIY-er than clay or slate. Those who are anally retentive when it comes to maintaining wood shingles can expect them to last half a century. Those who don’t pay that much attention can count on needing a new roof at least every couple of decades.