Choosing Replacement Roofing Materials

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Replacing a roof is usually a stressful and expensive project and one that few people look forward to.  However, working with a good roofing contractor can make this process much easier, and they can walk the homeowner through many of the difficult choices and decisions that need to be made.  One of the biggest decisions to be made is what material the replacement roof should be made of.  Roofing materials have various benefits and risks, and the choice can make a big difference in cost, look, and durability.

Asphalt Shingle Roofing

Probably the most common roofing material, asphalt shingles are created by layering fiberglass and asphalt and small ceramic chunks.  These shingles are so common because they are very inexpensive and quite durable, with a lifespan of about 30 years.  However, due to the way they're installed, they can be damaged by high winds and aren't well suited to areas that frequently experience those kinds of winds.  These shingles are fairly standard, so while they generally look nice, they are unlikely to make a house stand out.

Artificial Slate Shingles Roofing

These shingles are not particularly common, but are pretty striking and add a nice touch to most homes.  They are composite materials, with a variety of formulations, depending on the manufacturer.  Because of the variation in manufacture, physical characteristics also vary, with some brands being more or less impact or fade resistant.  Additionally, these shingles are reasonably expensive but significantly less to that natural state.

Metal Roofing

There are many different types of metal roofing, varying in material such as copper, steel, aluminum and in a variety of textures and shapes.  This allows for an installation that meets just about any need.  This roofing is usually very easy to install, saving some labor costs, and light, about half as heavy as asphalt, which may make it the only material that is suited to a particular application.  As metal is reflective, it can help keep the home cooler in hot environments and can lead to some energy savings when it comes to cooling.  Metal roofing is also fire resistant, which may save a home that is placed in a fire-prone territory.  Metal roofing does tend to be more expensive and does require an experienced roofing contractor to install.

Roofing Tiles

Tiled roofs, whether concrete or clay, are very noticeable and attractive and reasonably priced. The tiles are also durable and easily recycled, for a more sustainable project. 

For more information, contact your local roofing contractors today!


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