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How To Choose The Right Roof Material


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Thinking of getting a new roof? When choosing a new style of roof, the first factor to consider is the material. There are many different materials to choose from and each one has its own benefits and drawbacks. This post compares some of the most popular choices of roofing materials and their pros and cons. 

Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular choice of roofing material. They’re the most affordable option and they’re available in so many different styles and colors. Such roofs are also relatively easy to install compared to other types of roof. That said, it’s still best to hire a professional company such as Angle Ridge Remodeling roof replacement service to make sure the job is done safely and thoroughly. It’s worth noting that asphalt shingles are not as durable against harsh weather as other roofs, and typically have to be replaced sooner than other roofs (although a well-maintained asphalt shingle roof can last as long as 30 years). 

Metal roofing

A popular reason for choosing a metal roof is durability. These roofs can withstand very strong storms and they are also fire-proof. And although they can be very noisy in the rain, they are less likely to encounter leaks than most other roofs. On top of this, metal roofs are quite versatile in style. Metal can be molded into all kinds of shapes and is available in various colors. Maintenance is required to keep these roofs in good condition, but not as much as an asphalt roof. When well maintained, metal roofs can last up to 70 years. 

Wood shakes

For those looking for an environmentally-friendly option, wood shakes are arguably the best choice. The wood used on roofs (typically cedar, spruce or pine) is often harvested from sustainable forests. Wood shakes also offer incredible insulation - saving you money on your energy bills and helping you to save the environment. Although fairly durable, wood shakes do require more maintenance than most other roof materials. They’re also not recommended in areas prone to wildfires for obvious reasons. If well looked after, such roofs should last 40 to 50 years. Comparatively, if you're wondering how long does a shingle roof last, it's generally between 20 to 30 years, depending on the material quality and maintenance. This difference highlights the importance of choosing the right material for your roofing needs, considering both durability and environmental impact.

Clay tiles

While wood shakes are excellent for keeping a home warm, clay tiles are excellent for keeping a home cool. They let in 70% less heat than asphalt shingles. They’re also fairly low maintenance and can last 60 years on average without needing to be replaced. Clay is not recommended in areas with high winds, as tiles can easily be torn off. 

Slate tiles

Slate is more expensive than other roofing materials listed above. However, it’s the most durable roofing material you can choose - it’s stormproof, fire-proof and resistant to mold and fungus. A well-installed slate roof could last over 100 years without needing to be replaced and with little maintenance required. You will however need to find a specialist roofing company to install it. 

Other materials

There are many other materials that you can build a roof with including concrete, rubber, PVC, solar tiles and straw. These can be worth exploring too, however you may need to find a specialist roofing company for each of them.

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