A Look at the Alternatives to Shingle Roofs

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Alternatives to Shingle Roofs

 
The choice of roofing materials used on the home is one of the most important decisions a homeowner will make. Roofing materials significantly affect the appearance of the home as well as the level of protection that the home provides against the elements.
 
Homeowners have more options than ever before when it comes to choosing different roofing materials for the home. New roofing materials provide excellent alternatives to traditional shingle roofs, while the materials for shingles have also evolved making them more durable and versatile than ever before.
 
Asphalt shingles are of the most popular type of shingles in use today due to their relatively low cost and reasonable durability. They are also fire resistant and fairly easy to repair. Cedar shingles are also popular roofing materials that improve on the look of asphalt shingles and offer additional insulation properties.
 
The most popular alternatives to traditional shingles are metal and slate.  These alternatives offer their own unique advantages and characteristics that should be taken into account before making a choice.
 

Metal Roofing

 
Metal roofing offers excellent durability and fire resistance. It also provides outstanding protection from strong winds and moisture. Typically manufactured from galvanized steel, corrugated aluminum or copper, metal roofing materials can last up to 50 years with minimal maintenance required.
 
Metal roofing is very lightweight; it is an excellent choice for any home where there are any concerns about the structure supporting the weight of heavier roofing materials. Metal roofing is relatively inexpensive compared to other premium roofing materials and it can be painted any color to create an attractive look for the home.
 

Slate Roofing

 
Slate roofing is a premium roofing material that can be installed to create a truly stunning look that literally lasts a lifetime. With excellent durability that can last upwards of 100 years, a slate roof should be the last roof that will ever be installed on the home.
 
Slate is a naturally occurring mineral with exceptional weather- and fire resistance. Due to the heaviness of the slate slabs used for roofing, it is important that the structure of the home be properly evaluated to ensure that it is able to support the additional weight.
 
Similar to metal roofing, slate roofing is extremely environmentally friendly due to the impressive lifecycle of the materials.
 

The Value of Professional Installation

 
Regardless of what type of roofing material is chosen for the home, the immediate and long term value of a professional installation cannot be overstated. The use of premium roofing materials will not overcome the problems that will inevitably result from a poor installation.
 
Installing a roof is a big investment. Taking the time to pick the perfect roofing materials and finding a reputable roofing company to perform an expert installation can bring valuable peace of mind and worry-free enjoyment of the home.
 
When considering potential roofing companies, ensure the roofer is accredited with the Better Business Bureau and available to answer any questions that may arise before, during and after the installation. Also take care to negotiate a contract for roofing materials and installation services that is free of any hidden charges.
 
Whether you choose traditional shingles or one of the exciting alternatives to a shingled roof, ensure maximum performance and durability with professional, expert roofing services to protect your investment.  

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