Whether you're building a new house or buying an old one, ensuring the roof is sound is essential for the long-term health of your home. Three Rivers Roofing & Waterproofing has been installing and repairing slate, shingle, terra cotta, rubber roofs for 36 years and the team has 150+ years combined experience.
Four Main Types of Roofs
is durable and low maintenance, with a lifespan of up to 100 years with no upkeep other than replacing broken slates. Made from naturally-occuring material, it’s more environmentally friendly than processed options like shingles or metal. And it’s fire-resistant. It’s also more costly than other options, and incredibly heavy; you may need to reinforce your house’s frame to be able to support a slate roof.
are lightweight, easy to install, and affordable. However, they also typically only see a 25-30 year lifespan (which could sneak up on you during retirement) and they’re more sensitive to wet and windy weather.
3. Terra cotta
is all-season weather resistant, making it a good option for Pennsylvania. It also tends to have a long lifespan, of up to 50 years. The tiles, however, are more expensive and prone to breakage from things like falling limbs.
4. Rubber roofs
are a good choice if you have a low-sloped roof. They’re fire-resistant, energy efficient, long-lasting, and relatively inexpensive. They do, however, require more maintenance (to prevent shrinkage) and they aren’t as aesthetically pleasing as other options.