Essex County Roofers: Article About Shingle Types

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When a homeowner has decided to replace their roof, they should be prepared to make several important decisions. The first is selecting a reputable Essex County roofers. Once this decision has been made, a homeowner then must select a shingle type and color. This can be an overwhelming task for some homeowners, as there are a lot of options, each with their own benefits and downfalls. Before selecting a shingle type, homeowners should consult with their roofing contractor and consider various factors, such as cost, longevity, aesthetics, and durability. Here are a few of the most popular options in roofing materials in the country.

Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material used in the United States. With the right balance of cost and longevity, these shingles are estimated to be used on approximately 75 to 80 percent of American homes. They are aesthetically pleasing and come in a wide variety of styles, textures, and colors. Some are even made to mimic the look of higher end shingles, like wood shakes or slate tiles. An asphalt shingle roof should last approximately 20 to 30 years.

While metal roofing materials will cost more than asphalt shingles but in general will last about 50 years. They are extremely energy efficient, waterproof, and fire resistant. Metal roofs can come in shingle or sheeting form.

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They can also be coated or painted to change their appearance or add to their longevity.

Wood shakes or shingles. Wood roofing materials are popular in some areas for their natural appearance. They can be expected to last about 30 to 50 years, depending on how well they are cared for. Wood roofing materials will need to be inspected and maintained. If a homeowner notices brown or green growth, which is a sign of mold and mildew, they will need to have the roof professionally cleaned.

Slate shingles are widely used in the Northeastern United States, as this is where they are quarried. Slate is a type of metamorphic rock and comes in a vast array of naturally occurring colors. It is known as one of the most aesthetic types of roofing materials. If well cared for, it should last at least 50 years, sometimes over 100 years. It can, however, be quite, fragile, and only a trained roofing professional should walk on this roofing material. Slate is fire resistant. However, it is one of the most expensive roofing options and is quite heavy. This means that some homeowners will not be able to select slate as a roofing material due to their roof not supporting its weight.

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