Bob Vila Radio: Roofing Options

Whether you like the classic look of slate or the long life of metal, when it’s time for a new roof, there’s something for everyone.

Roofing Options

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Listen to BOB VILA ON ROOFING OPTIONS, or read the text below:

While asphalt shingles are the old, least-expensive standby, engineered composite shingles are molded to look like cedar, slate or tile. They’re made using recycled materials like old rubber tires and car bumpers, and many are warranted for fifty years.

Concrete tile roofs are a great for deflecting the heat of the sun and keeping the house cooler, and they’re great for areas prone to wildfires.

Even metal roofs, the old standby for barns, have made a comeback with new colors, styles, and an unbeatable maintenance-free life expectancy. New stainless steel and galvalume-coated metal roofs look great and last a hundred years. They cost more to install, but over the lifetime of the roof the numbers work in your favor.

Planting systems for green roofs are now available for pitched roofs, so even if you don’t have a flat roof you can let nature cool your roof and absorb your stormwater runoff.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on roofing, consider:

How To: Choose a New Roof for Your House
Metal Roofs on the Rise
Asphalt Shingles: A Showcase of Roofing Styles, Colors, and Options