What Are the Different Types of Roofing Materials?

Consider Roof Style and Longevity

Roof materials vary and depend largely on your weather and climate. Clay tile, for example, is found in southern locations where it’s always very hot. In Virginia, more typical materials are shingles, metal and membrane roofing for flat roofs. A favorite of the Old Dominion is slate that lasts more than a lifetime.

There are pros and cons to all roofing materials. Slate and copper outlast the others at 100 years or more. They are expensive but over time they’re actually very cost effective if you can afford the initial payment. Standing-seam tin roofs are beautiful and long-lasting too. Terne metal (tin and lead) can’t be purchased anymore so it’s important to coat these historic roofs every 5 to 10 years.

Britt’s Roofing specializes in preservation of Historic Roofs made of Copper, Tin and Slate. These roofs are so valuable it pays to repair and maintain them properly. Many of our Colonial flat-roofed row-houses are located along the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria. These roofs require special care to keep the historic home well protected. Some may need a new membrane or simply a fresh coating to keep them in tip-top shape. Britt is a Class A Licensed Contractor specializing in the Repair and Maintenance of Historic Roofs, Copper, Tin, Slate and all Flat Roofs, Paint and Coatings since 1985.