Making your roof last is not just about how expert the roofers your hired were. In some cases, the main reason why a lot of roof have the tendency to last longer than the other is due to the quality of materials used. If you are the one who will going to purchase the roofing materials for your roofers, you need to be aware of the do’s and don’ts.

First of all, you need to be prepared. Never think that you already know every roofing materials available in the market. Remember, everything tend to change. But, you don’t need to worry because in this article, you will be able to know more about the basic roofing materials and its other varieties. Below are the things you need to know before you buy your roofing materials.

Knowledge of roofing material

You can’t just purchase something that you don’t even know. If you will take the risk, it can be harmful to you and your family. For example, if you will just buy a beauty product without even knowing anything about it, you might end up damaging your skin. This kind of situation is also applicable to your roofing. The following are the roofing materials and its lifespan you can encounter.

Roofing Material Lifespan
Composite or simulated slate 30-50 years
Asphalt shingle roofs 20 years
Slate or tile roof shingles 100 years
Ceramic roofing tiles 50 -70 years
Metal roofing 40- 80 years
Cellulose fiber 20 years
Flat roof 15 years
BUR (built-up roofing) 30 years
Clay/Concrete 100+ years
EPDM Rubber 15 -25 years
Wood 30 years
Coal and Tar 30 years

Even if you already know the lifespan of your roofing, you need to know that there are other situations you need to be aware in order to make your roofing stay longer.

Ability to endure the weather


Your roofing serves as your protection from all the calamities that nature will give you. When it comes to choosing a roofing, ensure that it can endure all the weather. If the place where you are living are prone to heavy snow, you need to choose a roofing material that will not fail when a worst blizzard happen unexpectedly. The roofing materials need to have a  capacity when it comes to any weather: too sunny or too snowy.

Compatibility with home exterior

Aesthetics and appearance of the roofing are still important. Why? Because if you will be going to sell your house, its value will be higher. You also need to invest more in the exterior of your house since it is one of the basis of the buyer if they want to purchase your house or not.

As stated in Home Tips, “be true to your home’s architectural style. Don’t put Spanish tile on a Colonial-style house, wood shingles on a Spanish-style house, or metal roofing on a 60’s ranch house. Choose a material that will be consistent with the design vernacular of your home.”

Last thing you need to consider is the cost of the roofing you will be buying. If you think that it is expensive than your saving, you can talk to your roofer and discuss with them the materials you may use. Aside from the one you chosen, there are still other roofing materials you can use that are also of high quality.