A house’s roof won’t necessarily last forever, but if it’s installed properly, it can last for a lifetime. Architect Harrison McCampbell offers a guide to five roofing options with long lives: wood, metal, slate, tile, and yes, even asphalt. Each variety of roofing is described in a sidebar that includes noteworthy details and specification information. McCampbell also discusses the ins and outs of roofing warranties.
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Were I to have a choice , I'd go with slate ,however here on the wet coast of BC , I've onle installed two slate roofs in 35 years .. A shame I think , worked on lead roofs that are 100plus years old and only worked on them to replace the lead flashings.