Essex County Roofers: Article About Roofing Options and Advantages/Disadvantages

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There are many different roofing materials available today. Essex County roofers encourage homeowners to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each before making the decision on which type to use for a reroofing project. To help narrow it down, study the following description of each roofing type.

Asphalt shingles are a popular and contemporary roofing option chosen by many homeowners. Asphalt shingles are recommended for use on most style of homes. This option is inexpensive and comes in many colors, types, and sizes. Asphalt shingles are also relatively fire resistant and easy to repair. However, in comparison to other roofing options, asphalt shingles have a relatively short life span of 15 to 20 years and are subject to mildew and moss buildup in wetter climates.

Another option to consider is wood shingles or shakes. They are most commonly used on roofs of bungalows, cottages, and historic homes. Wood shingles offer the most natural appealing look of all roofing types. They also offer a minimal amount of insulating power, and assist and keeping the house cold in the summer and warm in the winter. If properly maintained, wood shingles can last up to 50 years. Beware that wood shingles are expensive and require maintenance.

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Unless they are pressure treated, they also have a poor fire rating.

Metal roofing includes steel, aluminum, tin, or copper options. It can be used on virtually any style of house. A metal roof does not have to look like a solid sheet of metal, because metal roofing can mimic the shape and color of wood shingles. There are many advantages to a metal roof. Metal roofs are durable and can last up to 50 years with little to no maintenance. They hold up very well in extreme weather and can even be installed over existing roofs. There are few downsides to metal roofing, but they are relatively expensive and can require periodic painting.

Slate roofing is also a popular option readily available to homeowners. It goes well on Colonials or French style chateaus. It is arguably the most attractive option with the most distinct appearance. Each piece is unique and the finished roof is not unlike a work of art. Slate roofs have a long lifespan and do not require a lot of maintenance. These types of roofs are very expensive and require a specialized installation.

There are many roofing options available to homeowners when it comes time to reroof a home. For expert advice on how to make the right decision, please do not hesitate to contact a roofing professional.

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