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Most people will only need to replace their roofs once or twice during their lifetime. Selecting a roofing material can be as simple as going with the same type of roof that was previously used, or some homeowners may choose to look into their other options. According to Rural Hall roofing experts, homeowners should consider many different factors when selecting the best roofing type for their houses. These factors include budget, local building codes, how long they want the roof to last and which roofing materials would best complement their home. Knowing a little more about each roofing material type and its pros and cons can help homeowners be confident in their final decisions.

Generally the least expensive roofing option, asphalt is used on about 80 percent of homes in the United States. This popular roofing material is not only lower in cost, but it's also easier to maintain and install and lasts about 20 to 25 years. Due to its mineral granules, asphalt shingles offer many different color choices. They are also recyclable and provide good resistance to fire.

Metal roofs are another relatively inexpensive option and come in either sheets or shingles. Homeowners can select from aluminum, steel, and copper. Metal roofs are coated with a protective material or painted the color of the homeowner's choosing.

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In fact, metal roofs offer the widest selection of color choices. They're recyclable and can be made from recycled materials. Ideal for many different climates, metal roofs absorb about one-third less heat than asphalt roofs. They also shed ice and snow easily.

Wood shakes and shingles are a roofing option that can add to the charm and style of a home. These kinds of roofs provide beauty and functionality. Although not naturally fireproof, which may violate some local building codes, wood shakes and shingles can be coated with a flame retardant to significantly increase their fire resistance. However, they do require some maintenance in the form of a protectant and fungicide that must be reapplied about every two to five years.

Slate is one of the most expensive roofing materials and also very heavy, making it so that some homes will not be able to support its weight as a roofing material. However, slate is striking and naturally fire and wind resistant. It can come in many different colors including gray, brown, red and white. Slate needs to be installed with special tools by a professional who has special training.

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