Natural slate used to be one of the most common roofing materials until the early twentieth century when asphalt shingles were developed and popularized. Lighter in weight, easier to install, and cheaper than slate, asphalt tiles quickly replaced the flat stone as a roofing material. In more modern times, composite roof tiles may be slowly but steadily replacing asphalt shingles as a roofing material. The reasons for this include:
- Durability: Tiles made from polymer resins tend to be stronger and withstand wind better than asphalt shingles. This is especially true when dealing with asphalt tiles made with paper. Asphalt tiles fabricated with fiberglass are stronger than those made from paper, but probably don't match up to the strength of carefully engineered resins.
- Life span: Most asphalt roofs need to be replaced in as little as 15 years time due to damage caused by wind and water but can last 30. On the other hand, the strength and design of polymer products results in roofs that are routinely guaranteed for 50 years and are expected to last much longer.
- Green roof systems: The oils and hydrocarbons used to make asphalt tiles gives them a large carbon footprint and unsuitable for green roofs.
- Cost: In general, asphalt tiles cost less than roofing materials made with resins. However, this cost is probably offset in the long run by higher maintenance and decreased lifespan associated with asphalt shingles.
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