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Uncommon Roofing Choices: 4 Intriguing Materials

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If your home needs a new roof, then you have an important decision to make. What material will you select for the replacement roof? Of course, you could just choose the material most frequently seen in homes, which are asphalt shingles, but you have other interesting options. The following article examines four unusual roofing alternatives available to today's homeowners.

Concrete Tiles

Ceramic tiles are a widely used roofing material but are rather expensive compared to other choices. One way to deal with this issue is to select concrete tiles for your roof. These tiles can simulate a look that is similar to ceramic tiles but are typically lower in cost.

Another advantage of concrete tiles is that they are extremely durable and can survive winds as high as 125 miles per hour. Also, you will not have to replace your roof ever again if you use concrete tiles. This material should last as long as your home is standing. Concrete tiles do not require much maintenance, although it's a good idea to inspect the roof after an event such as an earthquake or hailstorm to make certain none of the tiles suffered damage.

Green Roof

A more unconventional option is to install a so-called "green roof," which is a roof that consists of plants grown over layers of underlying material. Green roofs have the benefit of keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than many other materials.

A green roof works best in certain situations, such as homes that do not have their roofs shaded by trees. Also the house should either have a flat roof or a roof with a pitch of 30 degrees or less.


Copper is an excellent roofing material, although it is less frequently seen than some other options. One reason for this is that copper roofs are not cheap compared to other choices. If you are not concerned about cost, however, copper has a number of benefits. It is fire resistant and durable, and it needs very little maintenance.


For homeowners on a budget, rubber is a good alternative to more conventional materials. Rubber is not only relatively inexpensive, it lasts for many years. These roofs can last 50 years or even longer. In addition, even if your rubber roof develops a leak, you can often fix it inexpensively with either liquid rubber or a special type of tape.

As you can see, you have many intriguing possibilities when it's time to replace your roof. For more information, talk with a local roofing contractor, such as Maynor Roofing & Siding Co, about what material is best for your home.