Premium roofs last the longest out of all roof options. While asphalt shingles may be the most popular because they are the cheapest option, they have the shortest lifespan of any roofing system. Even preventative roof coatings can last longer than asphalt shingles. If you want a roof that will last for decades, get a premium roof. Here are some kinds of premium roof systems:
The second longest-lasting roofing system (behind copper), slate can last up to 150 years! With a beautiful stone finish, slate can blend in with any neighborhood roofing scheme. Slate can withstand all weather, is fireproof, and won’t rot from mold, algae, or rain.
Lasting up to 100 years, tile has long been a favorite of Americans, especially in the hotter states. Tile is a great insulator and can withstand storms. Since it was made with fire, it is fireproof and good for homes in wildfire-prone areas. Tile is extremely heavy, so be sure to get your roof inspected to make sure your foundation can support the weight.
Wood Shake Shingles
Popular a few decades ago, wood shake shingles are now only chosen by homeowners that desire the rustic look. Made from real wood, these roofs require a lot of maintenance as rain, algae, and insects can all eat away at the wood. This material is highly prone to fire, and many home insurance companies raise prices if you have a real wood shake roof because of this potential risk.
If you want wood shake shingles, but don’t want your home to catch on fire, a good alternative are synthetic shingles! They look exactly the same as the real thing, but are made out of rubber. This lowers the cost by over half, and their weight is significantly lighter. Synthetic shingles also come in slate and tile form.