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As the roof of a home is a major structure that should last at least a couple of decades, homeowners should choose the materials that will suit not only their budgets but also the styles and requirements of their properties. According to Walkertown roofing professionals, homeowners should become familiarized with all of their options before making a final decision. Several factors should be taken into consideration prior to selecting a roofing material such as the cost, how long it will last, how it will look on the house and the local building codes or homeowners' association restrictions.

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material in the United States today with about 80 percent of all homes using them. They're so popular because they provide a good value as one of the least expensive roofing materials, are easy to install, and can last for as long as 20 or 25 years. Due to their mineral granules, asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors. They can be recycled and have good fire resistance as well as fair wind resistance.

Metal roofs are ideal for homes that are located in the areas that see a lot of ice and snow. This is so because metal sheeting or shingles shed precipitation well.

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Metal roofs are made from aluminum, steel or copper, and they're coated with a protectant material and can also be painted nearly any color to match the property. The lifespan of a metal roof can be as long as 50 years. They can be constructed from recycled materials and also be recycled once they no longer function as roofs.

Wood roofing options include wood shakes and wood shingles. Homeowners should be aware that some local codes prevent the use of wood as a roofing material due to its lack of fire resistance. Wood shakes and shingles can be coated with a flame retardant to help prevent against fire. These roofing materials offer fair resistance against wind uplift and usually last around 30 years. Wood shakes and shingles are natural options that can add beauty to a home.

Slate is an alternative that provides natural beauty to a home, but it's also one of the most expensive roofing options and can be extremely heavy. So heavy, in fact, that some houses cannot support its weight. It provides good resistance to fire and the wind. A specially trained roofer with special tools must be used to install a slate roof.

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