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How to Choose Roofing Material

Roofing Material

Have you examined your roof lately? If not, you may want to take a close look at it. If you see shingles that are cracking and curling, and spaces where shingles once secure have blown away, well, you need a new roof. And, don’t delay.

If you wait until water from a leaky roofing stains your ceiling, you’ll need to redecorate as well as reroof. There are several qualities you’ll want in a roof and several roofing materials to choose from, including fiberglass based asphalt shingles.

You’ll want a roof that lasts, that is fire-resistant and economical! You’ll want an attractive roof that blends well with the rest of your home’s exterior. Since time is money, you’ll want a roof that can be installed easily and quickly, whether you’re going to hire a contractor or do it yourself. In short, you want the best roof for your money.

While wood shingles and shakes are often considered attractive and relatively long lasting roofing material, they are expensive and most lack fire-resistance. The combustibility of untreated wood roofs is of growing concern to homeowners and fire fighters, particularly in areas subject to hot, dry spells.

Because blowing embers from brush fires often ignite wood roofs, some cities prohibit the use of wood shingles and shakes in new construction and replacement roofing. Clay, cement and slate tiles – with their own traditional beauty – are highly fire-resistant and durable. However, as they age and endure increased exposure to the elements, they can become brittle and crack easily. They can also be quite expensive and, because they are very heavy, they require a much stronger support system.

Conventional asphalt shingles are less expensive and can last approximately 15 years. But, their organic cardboard base, made of wood chips and waste paper, is more flammable so the shingles provide only minimal fire-resistance.

Fiberglass shingles have all the qualities you’re looking for: durability, fire resistance, ease of installation and the rustic appearance of wood. They have an inorganic rot-resistant fiber glass base and are coated with weather-resistant asphalt.

A building supply dealer or roofing contractor will gladly help you choose roofing material and show you various samples and colors as well as help you determine how much roofing material you need.

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