Homeowners favor asphalt roofs because they are the least expensive short-term solution. Inexpensive asphalt roofs last 15-20 years. High-end asphalt roofs last around 30 years maximum. The average homeowner will replace an asphalt roof at least twice. Asphalt roofs are responsible for the greatest amount of waste in landfills. Metal and tile roofs have a dramatically longer life and significantly reduce energy consumption compared to asphalt roofs.
Metal roofs are incredibly energy efficient and last up to a century. Their reflective qualities reduce heat in summer and mitigate ice build-up in winter, reducing energy consumption. Metal roofs come in an incredible array of styles, beyond the typical standing seam roof, that are aesthetically attractive and appropriately tailored to suit all architectural styles.
Tile roofs can be made from a variety of products (including recycled) such as clay, concrete and rubber. Clay and concrete roofs are a popular choice for their sustainable qualities. Concrete tiles are one of the longest lasting roofing materials available. Another exciting tile option is recycled rubber tiles. Rubber slate tiles resemble slate, are less costly, and are a superior choice to the environmentally hazardous asphalt roof. Tile roofs are great for making vintage homes energy efficient while still maintaining their vintage aesthetic.
Do your research. An asphalt roof is a cost effective solution if you plan on staying in your home less than 20 years. However, if you plan on living in your home more than 20 years, this short term solution may cost you dearly once you add up the cost of replacement and the yearly energy savings a metal or tile roof would afford.
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