When it comes to roofing materials, homeowners generally lean toward those that require little to no maintenance, and would last a very long time. Truth is, most roofs are repaired or replaced every ten years or so.

You can, however, save a lot on repair and have a longer-lasting roof  if you choose your material well. Remember that if you have to do some repair and would need a cutting tool, the diamond blade is your best weapon. The following are the more popular roofing materials and their characteristics.


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Slate – Very often you will see slate as the roofing material in more upscale homes. Slate has a lifespan that is longer than most roofing materials, so it is quite pricey. It offers good protection from fire, is easily maintained, and is resistant to rot and insects. Aesthetics-wise there is variety to choose from, different designs, patterns, and colors. Because it is heavy, slate requires extra support, which means additional expense. So if you have the money to spare, slate is a very good choice.

Concrete Tile – Resource efficiency and durability are two of the concrete tile’s strong points. Just like slate, it is also easy to maintain, offers decent fire protection, and is resistant to rot and insects. But the similarity ends there as concrete tile, though it also lasts long, does not compare to slate when it comes to lifespan. While still relatively expensive, slate remains the more upscale choice.

Composition shingles – If you are going for the clean look without setting you back a big amount, then composition shingles are probably the best choice. Adaptability is another good characteristic of composite singles as they have the capability to blend well in different applications. They are also low maintenance and easy to install. Unfortunately, they are not as durable as the aforementioned roofing materials and may actually blow off amid strong winds.

By choosing the right roofing material you are not only able to save money, you are actually filling up less landfill space because of discarded material, thus you are being more environment-friendly. In part two of this article, we’ll show you more tile roofing materials and how to cut them using the proper tools.

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