A variety of roofing materials can be used for residential housing projects. These roofing materials include asphalt shingles, metal shingles, and slate shingles. Each material features different qualities and is selected for different reasons. While the aesthetic appeal is of high consideration, it is the functionality that most homeowners consider before installation. Here is a brief overview of roofing materials and the characteristics of each.
This is the first choice for most American homes because it epitomizes practicality. Asphalt shingles are sturdy, with a guaranteed life span of 20 or even 30 years. The shingles come in a multitude of colors and can please any homeowner’s tastes. They are also reasonably priced, but also common, so it will not be the best option when seeking originality.
There are many sensible and functional reasons for choosing metal shingles. The material is very fire-resistant, which is certainly appealing. Metal roofs tend to lower cooling costs because the metal reflects sunlight away from houses. Also, the installation is faster than with asphalt shingles. There is at least one disadvantage to metal roofs, though, as repairs are difficult and more obvious than those on asphalt-shingle roofs.
Traditionally used on high society houses in the Northeast, slate shingles are arguably the most attractive choice for a roof. It also lasts for generations, because it withstands weathering better than nearly every other roofing material. Because you pay for beauty and longevity, slate is the most expensive option. It is heavy and requires a strong frame to rest on. If this material is the most appealing to you but the cost exceeds budget, there is another option. Synthetic slate, which is cheaper and lighter than true slate, is worth considering.
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