The Facts About Roof Coverings

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Most people don’t think about their roofs until they have to grab a bucket for the leak coming through the ceiling or there is damage from bad weather. Thankfully, inspectors pay close attention when doing home inspections to let you know what potential issues might need attention.

While it is not required for inspectors to climb onto roofs, it is ultimately the best method to properly inspect the overall condition of your roof and is recommended to have inspected twice a year. Roof coverings each have their own life expectancy and it is suggested to have your roofing replaced when there is 30% life expectancy remaining.

If you are in need of replacing your roof, here are some of the popular options available today.

7 Types of Roofing Materials


Asphalt typically comes in shingle form and is economical, easy to install and maintenance friendly. WIth a 20 year life expectancy, you can also get Energy Star products that may be eligible for tax credit. 

Clay Tile

Clay Tile roofs are one of the oldest styles of roofing after being brought over from Europe in the 17th century. They may last for over 100 years but do require routine inspection to maintain its integrity. In addition, with the weight of the tiles, you may need extra framing for support. 


Metal roofs come in a variety of choices such as zinc, aluminum, cooper, steel and can even be made to look like wood or slate. This option is low maintenance, eco friendly and gives you a life expectancy of 40-80 years.

  • Corrugated Metal Roof: These can be described as alternating ridges and grooves with exposed gaskets that connect each panel. This is the more affordable option for materials but the exposed gaskets can cause leaking and other damage that will need repair.
  • Standing Seam Metal Roof: These are flat, interlocking panels of vertical ribs that run from the roof ridge to the eaves. The look this option gives is a more streamlined roof with the screws hidden underneath and also allowing for more protection against the elements. These metal roofs also are available in customizable color options and are secure enough for the addition of solar panels.


Slate is one of the most durable materials available today with a life expectancy of 60-150 years. However, this material does require extra framing for support and is prone to erosion which is not the best choice for a home in Eastern NC.

Tar and Gravel

Tar and Gravel is also known as built-up roofing or BURs and is ideal for flat roofs with a life expectancy of 30 years. This type of roof is made up of alternating layers of asphalt and fiberglass or felt.

Different types of gravel are used on the top layer of asphalt depending on the climate and structure of the home but ultimately, the gravel is essential for protecting those layers from the elements.

EPDM Rubber

EPDM Rubber is an eco-friendly and budget friendly option for roofing. With a life expectancy of 15-25 years, this material comes in a variety of colors and styles to suit your taste for the look of your home.

Some styles can even include it looking like slate, asphalt or even cedar and the rubber roll is virtually leak proof which is great in Eastern NC.

Wood Shingle or Shake

Wood Shingles/Shakes fell out of favor in the past due to fire concerns and the invention of asphalt shingles, however, the style is still in demand. Modern wood shingles and shakes are now treated with a fire retardant to give your home the extra protection you want.

Not only does this material look beautiful but it is also extremely durable and high wind resistant. With a life expectancy of 30 years this is a great option with the choice of shingles-thin, precisely cut, or shakes- thicker with rough natural edges. 

If you are unsure if your roof is in need of replacement, schedule an inspection with Coastal Property Inspections so we can give you the best estimate of remaining life expectancy on your home. Then, if your home is in need of replacement, we are here to give it a thorough inspection once the installation is complete to give you the peace of mind that your new roof will protect your home for years to come.

Our team aims to satisfy, with the experience and training to back up our word. Ready to schedule your inspection? Give us a call today at (252) 670-8599. 

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