Synthetic Tiles Vs. Wood Shingle Roofs

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The roof is a component on your home that needs to be replaced frequently. That is, in certain climates, and depending on what roofing material you have, some roofs will need to be changed every decade. But, updating your roof can also be a great chance to completely change your home style and add some insulation to your property. There are obviously a number of roofing material to choose from, so you need to research all of the options. This article compares natural wood shingles with synthetic tiles.

Wood Shingles

When it comes to residential roofing, few products are as desirable as wood shingles. Wood has been used in all types of construction for centuries because it is a stylish and relatively durable product. Considering it is a natural material, wood has great efficiency ratings, can stand up to the elements, and the maintenance is not to intense.

Synthetic Tiles

That being said, some homeowners are only interested in zero maintenance products. The fact that wood is susceptible to water damage and termites means that many homeowners won't even consider it. If you choose a product like synthetic tiles, maintenance is never really an issue. All you need to do to maintain synthetic tiles is immediately replace any tiles that are cracked or damaged. It is very unlikely this will happen, but if it does, there's a risk that your decking will be susceptible to water damage.

Perhaps the best thing about synthetic tiles, besides there easy maintenance, is that they come in any style imaginable. Most synthetic tiles have a fake print and texture that replicates other common natural roofing material. You can find natural stones like slate, marble, clay, and quartz. You can also find synthetic tiles that have the texture and coloring of hardwood. Of course, there are also solid-colored tiles, with various sheens and textures. There are even some synthetic products that have unique prints and patterns that are completely manufactured and don't look like any natural material.

Not only do they come in a variety of different finishes, but they also come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. You can find rounded tiles, flat shingles, traditional tiles, and everything in between. Basically, there aren't many style limitations when it comes to synthetic products. The only issue just some homeowners is the fact that they are synthetic and not completely natural.

As you can see, wood and synthetic groups are on the opposite end of the spectrum in many senses. However, both can be a worthy upgrade that you can be excited about. Contact a company like Bunnell's Home Improvements, Inc. for more information and assistance. 


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