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While more expensive than asphalt, metal roofing lasts longer and is more wind resistant.
Materials: May be composed of steel, aluminum, copper, or zinc alloy. Steel roofs come with either a zinc coating or painted finish. Copper roofs are installed unfinished and acquire a protective green patina with age.
Appearance: Available in sheets or in shingles that resemble other materials. Can be installed with the fasteners hidden (standing seam) or exposed.
Eco-Friendly: May be made from recycled materials and can be recycled when replaced. Absorb a third less heat than asphalt.
Durability: Fairly to very durable, depending on the material.
Slope: Available for low or steep sloped roofs.
Fire & Wind: Good resistance to both fire and wind.
Cost: Moderate (steel) to expensive (copper).
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These durable synthetic roofing shingles resemble either wood, shakes or slate.
Materials: Molded from a high-tech plastic polymer material.
Appearance: Made to resemble slate or wood shakes.
Durability: Claimed to be long-lasting and low maintenance.
Eco-Friendly: Some are made from recycled materials. Can be recycled when replaced.
Weight: Light to moderate in weight.
Slope: Can be used on moderate to steep-sloped roofs.
Fire & Wind: Good fire and wind resistance.
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While brittle and heavy, clay tiles can last a long time and are very fire resistant.
Materials: Made from natural clay which is fired in a kiln.
Appearance: Traditional Italian or Spanish look, can also be made to resemble wood shakes or slate.
Eco-Friendly: Made from natural materials but requires significant energy to manufacture.
Durability: Long-lasting and low maintenance but brittle and can break.
Weight: Heavy, require reinforced roof framing to support.
Slope: Can be used on moderate to steeper-sloped roofs.
Fire & Wind: Excellent fire resistance, fair to low wind resistance.