Pros and Cons of 6 Common Roof Types

    Are you familiar with the most common roof types? Century 21’s blog recently reviewed the pros and cons of these popular options:

    1. Asphalt shingle—The most common roofing material

    • Pros: Available in a wide assortment of colors; affordable; simple to install
    • Cons: Shorter life spans; often have lower levels of insulation compared to other roof types2. Wood shake
      • Pros: Natural, rustic look
      • Cons: Flammable; more prone to mold or rot; limited life span (similar to asphalt shingles)

      3. Metal—Various types available (aluminum, steel, copper, and copper-asphalt are the most popular)

      • Pros: Strong and durable; high solar reflectance for efficient home cooling/heating
      • Cons: Often the most expensive choice

      4. Ceramic and cement tile

      • Pros: Durable; energy efficient
      • Cons: Expensive; heavy (may require extra framing for support)

      5. Slate roofing

      • Pros: Extremely durable; sustainable; many variations in thickness/color
      • Cons: Expensive; heavy (may require extra framing for support)

      6. Synthetic roofing

      • Pros: Durable; affordable
      • Cons: May absorb moisture

      Source: “How to Choose Roofing: 6 Types to Consider,” Century 21 Blog (Feb. 21, 2016)

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