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Metal, tile or shingles?

Whether you are building from scratch or choosing a new roof for your existing home, you must take into consideration many factors, including the climate and weather conditions in your area, the desired lifespan of the roof, the cost of roofing materials and your own aesthetic preferences.

It’s crucial to take some time and figure out what is the best option for you. The right roofing materials can help keep your house cool in the summer, warm in the winter and safe from fire and harsh weather elements. Different looks, colors and styles can be attained by the use of various roofing materials and more.  Below are some of your choices.

Metal Roofing:

This type of roof is cheap, rugged, long-lasting and easy to install – perfect for a utility application. On the other end of the spectrum is a copper roof, elegant enough to grace the country’s finest mansions and public buildings. Metal roofing is possibly the most durable material for your roof. It does not deteriorate with exposure to the elements, such as the sun’s rays and heavy rain. It also has the highest wind rating compared to all other roofing materials and additionally the metal roof is also non combustible and non flammable. What makes metal a very attractive choice is that it will reflect heat effectively such that it insulates during the winter, and cools during the summer – leading to a significant reduction in your building’s energy bills. Another economical aspect is that, a properly installed metal roof should last you at least 50 years. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, the popularity of metal roofing products has increased dramatically over the past decade, a clear sign that homeowners and builders are growing more and more aware of this product’s benefits.

Tile Roofing:

Whether they are made of traditional clay or concrete, tile roofing is the most durable material of all 3. Depending on the quality and type of underlayment you choose it may last 60 to 80 years or even more. Both concrete and clay tiles are extremely durable, fireproof and come in many colors and styles. Tiles are easy to maintain but installation is difficult and must be done by a professional. The whole process is quite labor intensive, which makes an authentic tile roof quite expensive. Because it is very heavy, tile roofing is most commonly used for new buildings that have been built in accordance with specific weight and structural requirements.

Asphalt Shingles:

Currently the most popular of all roofing materials. It’s made of a fiberglass medium that’s been impregnated with asphalt and then given a surface of sand-like granules. The shingle products being made today are usually guaranteed for 20, or in some cases 30 years, making them an excellent value. Two basic configurations are sold: the standard single-thickness variety and thicker, laminated products. The standard type costs roughly half as much, but laminated shingles have an appealing textured appearance and last roughly half as long. Value is the principal advantage of this roofing material, which explains it’s commonality. Asphalt shingles are appropriate for almost any style home, and are also available in styles with a more rustic look that simulate wood shakes. Asphalt shingles are inexpensive and easy to install and repair, but have a fairly short life span and are not environmentally friendly.

Hopefully this quick comparison made it clear which material is right for your next roof. If not then feel free to contact us and we will be glad to help you make a choice and remember, no matter what your budget is, what style home your home is or what kind of climate you live in, there is a roofing system that meets your needs.

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