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Common Roofing Materials

Common Roofing Materials

If you have a good roof over your head, then be sure to understand its quality. Nowadays, there is a massive variety of materials to choose from when thinking about getting a new roof. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. This article will go over some of the common roofing materials as well as their distinctions. Atlanta Pro Roofing is a professional roofing company with years of experience, a talented and qualified staff, exceptional customer service, and competitive prices. We are always happy to take your call and make sure the roof over your head is as solid as possible.

Asphalt Shingles

Easily the most common roofing material in America, asphalt shingles are effective in almost all environmental conditions. Made from a fiberglass base and topped with asphalt and granules, asphalt shingles can withstand a great deal of pressure, but their lifespan is a measly 20 to 25 years. Upfront costs are generally low, and it is possible to replace individual shingles that become damaged, though. Almost every roofing company is familiar with installing, repairing, and replacing these shingles.

Clay and Concrete Tiles

When you hear clay or concrete tiles, you should think Mediterranean-style, Spanish Colonial, Italian Renaissance, and Mission-style homes. In short, think elegant and textured. They are long-lasting and energy efficient, but expensive and heavy as well. Due to their weight, they usually require professional installation. Properly installed and maintained clay or concrete tiles should last up to 50 years.

Metal Roofing

Resistant to extreme weather, metal roofing is usually available in two types: vertical panels and shingles. They come in aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and zinc; metal roofing is typically lightweight, long-lasting, and recyclable. Well kept metal roofs can last up to 60 years. Though they can withstand extreme cold, heat, and winds, metal roofing can be especially noisy during rainstorms and may dent from hail. It costs a little more than asphalt shingles but quite less than clay or concrete tiles.

Wood Shingles and Shake

The number one disadvantage of wood shingles and shake is obvious: they are not going to withstand fire. They are also vulnerable against mold, rotting, and splitting. However, some homeowners like the rustic look and the natural appeal of wooden roofs. They are great for bungalow, cottage, Craftsman, and Tudor-style homes. Wood shingles and shake are relatively affordable but will only last around 25 to 30 years.

Solar Tiles

These expensive pieces of extraordinary technology can generate up to 1 kilowatt of energy per 100 square feet. They integrate seamlessly into existing shingles and offer the functionality of solar panels with the appearance of a traditional roof. They can last up to 30 years but may not produce energy at the maximum capacity after the 20-year mark. Though their upfront cost is high, the energy savings and tax incentives offset some of that initial burden.

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