Which Shingle Material Is Right For You?

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Each homeowner has their own preferences when it comes to shingle materials Some are better for cost savings, while others are built to be impenetrable to most forces of nature. Here are some common shingle types to choose from.

Metal

When you choose metal roofing materials, you are saving yourself a lot of hassle in the future. These shingles are resistant to many of the erosive materials that tend to get asphalt and other shingles; you won't have to worry about rot, for instance. And since you can use strong metal clamps to adhere metal roofing materials, they are fairly resistant to wind as well. Add in durability in the face of erosion as a benefit; as long as the materials are treated with a good sealant, they don't tend to show the wear and tear that other roofing types do from water. The only issue will be the cost, since the higher quality metal roofing materials are going to be more than twice the cost of your cheapest roofing option.

Asphalt

Asphalt is a great choice, all around. It is affordable to install. It does well in colder temperatures. It has a very neutral appearance that doesn't take away from the appearance of your home's exterior. The biggest problem that you might run into is decay over the years, bur asphalt roofing materials should still last about 15–20 years.

Tile

While tile can be a more expensive roofing option, you are paying for a few things. The first is appearance; a tile roof is a decorative choice in and of itself. Many Colonial-style homes do well with tile roofs, but you can put them on any home of your choosing. The second thing you're paying for with tile is its energy efficiency. Tiles have properties that help naturally keep your home cooler in the summer. They can also be sourced from recycled clay materials, and your used tiles can be recycled for other building projects in the future.

Slate

Finally, you may see heavy use of slate in some parts of the country. One reason is that real slate roofs can last for 50 years or more after installation. Another benefit of slate is that it's naturally occurring, so there is minimal work that goes into turning into a roofing material. Any of these roofing material options can be a great choice, so just consult your residential roofing installations contractor if you have questions on these or other materials.

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Understanding Roof Damage and The Need For Repairs

I was concerned that a recent hailstorm might have caused damage to my roof. While inspecting my roof, the roofing contractor noted cracked shingles and granule loss from the impact of the hailstones. I didn't want my roof to start leaking, so I immediately had the damaged shingles replaced. Hi, my name is Troy Blakely and in this blog, you'll find out about the various types of shingle damage. You'll also learn how to determine if you need to have your roof repaired or replaced. I didn't know this information until the roofing contractor explained it to me. Then I decided that I would help other people by spreading the word. A damaged or leaky roof can cause expensive damage to the inside of your home and that's why it's so important to address roof issues as quickly as possible.