What type of roof is best for San Francisco weather?

Thumbtack Editors

Asphalt shingles, slate, clay, metal and terracotta are a few roofing materials you might see on homes in San Francisco and throughout California.  

Because it is impervious to moisture and fire, slate is a long-lasting roof in the alternatively moist and parched climate of the Bay Area. Clay tile is also popular for the same reasons, though it requires more frequent cleaning.

Asphalt shingles are a good choice for homeowners on a budget, as they provide good weather protection. But keep in mind they last only 20 years, while metal, slate, concrete and clay can last 50 years to a lifetime. 

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