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A Guide to Choosing Residential or Commercial Roofing Material


A roof replacement or new installation is a major decision. It is both costly and has long term implications. So it is important to choose the right type of Roofing material that can save you money, both in terms of maintenance and longevity. If you are going to install or replace your residential or commercial roof, this guide is for you.


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Choosing the Roofing Material


Find answers to the following questions when choosing the right Roofing material:

  • Consider whether the material you choose meets the fire codes of your area.
  • Consider how heavy the material is. Its weight will determine the need for special framing.
  • The choice of the material may involve special type of installation. Also consider the maintenance requirements in the long term.
  • Consider whether the material is available in the style, color and pattern you require.
  • Consider whether the material can perform well in the kind of weather conditions in your area.
  • Consider the cost, warranty, and longevity of the Roofing material.



Types of Roofing Materials


The commonly used Roofing materials and their advantages are as following:


1. Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used materials. They are not only durable and long lasting, they are also not as expensive as most of the other options. They are also available in different styles and colors. Asphalt shingles are also easy to install, and can withstand different kinds of weather conditions while providing excellent waterproofing.


2. Slates & Tile Shingles

There are many reasons why slates are also widely popular as Roofing materials. When properly maintained, they can last for almost a century. This type of roof is cherished for many of its advantages including:

  • Resistance to fire
  • Natural looks
  • Ease of maintenance
  • Highly rot-resistant


3. Metal Shingles

Metal shingles are increasingly becoming affordable and are valued for many of their unique advantages. This type of Roofing requires lesser maintenance and is eco friendly. It is lightweight and lasts longer due to its durability. However, you will have to choose the right contractor who specializes in this type of roofing.


These are the most commonly used Roofing materials, although there are a few more options like concrete tiles, cedar shingles, and clay tiles.



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