Wood, Metal, Tile and Cement Roofing Materials
The first option long ago was wood, and it’s still a good choice, though fire codes in some areas prevent its use. Usually made of redwood, southern pine, or cedar, shingles are split or sawn. They have a 25-year life expectancy but cost an average of double as much.
The Half Cylinders of Tile Roofing Are Popular
The half cylinders of tile roofing are popular on Spanish Colonial and Mission styles; cement and some metal roofs copy the tile’s curved effect. This materials are expensive, solid, and might be very heavy.
Metal. Aluminum, steel, copper, copper-and-asphalt, and lead are all durable and high roofing surfaces. Lead, and the copper/asphalt varieties are typically installed as shingles, but others are built for seamed roofs consisting of vertical lengths of metal that are attached with solder. These roofs cost begin at about $250 per square but usually cost two or three times that.