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Westerville Roofing: Article About Common Roofing Materials

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Homeowners have a wide variety of options when it comes to choosing the right roofing materials. The most common things they take into consideration during the process is their budget, how long they plan to live in the home, how the investment will increase their property value and how it will enhance curb appeal. While all of these issues are important factors, homeowners might not realize how important other aspects of the roof are, such as the quality of the underlayment, the sheathing, flashing and membrane.

Homeowners are encouraged to contact a Westerville roofing expert who is familiar with the pros and cons of different products and can help the homeowner find a healthy balance of adhering to a budget without compromising on the quality of the roof. Here is an overview of some of the most widely used roofing materials as well as some of the most common pros and cons of each.

Many homeowners like the look of wood shingles, which are usually constructed from redwood, cedar, cypress and pine. They are an excellent choice for roofs that feature a steep pitch because they provide visual appeal. Wood is a greener option and is often cooler in temperature than other products. However, wood shingles are not fire resistant, and some building codes do not allow the installation of wooden shingles for this reason.

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While they can be treated to be fire resistant, over time, the treatment may wear off. Wood is also subject to rot if not properly maintained, and exposure to UV rays can dull its appearance.

Asphalt shingles are one of the most commonly installed roofing products, and they are easier to replace than other types of shingles. They are usually cheaper than other products, and premium grades can have an incredibly long life span. If they are backed with fiberglass, they feature a Class A fire rating, and there is a large variety of texture and color options. However, asphalt shingles could degrade after being exposed to the sun for long periods of time.

Slate tiles last longer than any other type and add excellent curb appeal to certain homes. The tiles come in a variety of shades and are fire resistant. Unlike other types of shingles, slate tiles can actually be reused. One downside to choosing slate is that it is extremely expensive, and because it is a heavy product, the roof underlayment may need to be reinforced prior to installation.

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