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Once a homeowner becomes aware that they'll need to replace his or her roof, the next step is to select the type of roofing material they want to use. While some homeowners will feel the most comfortable sticking with the same material that was used on their old roofs, others will want to choose something new. Homeowners should discuss all of their options with an Alamo Heights roofing professional before making any final decisions. In order to make educated, informed choices, they should also take into consideration their budgets, how they want their homes to look, the longevity of the different roofing materials, and the local building codes. A basic knowledge of the different kinds of roofing materials and their pros and cons can help homeowners make decisions in which they can feel confident.

Even though slate roofing tiles are one of the most expensive roofing options out there, they can still be a good investment since they have the potential to last for generations to come. Slate tile roofs are an extremely popular choice, and they're sometimes less expensive in the Northeast U.S. where slate is excavated. This material provides natural beauty to a home. Slate's a very heavy roofing material; in fact, its weight can be impossible for some roof structures to be able to support.

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Slate also takes longer to install than most other materials, and it must be installed by a specially trained roofing professional with the necessary tools.

Wood shakes and wood shingles also provide natural beauty to a home. They're less expensive than slate tiles but more expensive than many of the other alternatives. Wood roofs can last for 30 to 50 years if they're suitably cared for and maintained. Even though wood roofing materials on their own don't provide any fire resistance, they can be coated with a reliable fire retardant to make them safer.

Metal roofs are ideal for homes that are located in cold climates that experience a lot of ice and snow since they efficiently repel precipitation. Metal roofs can also be recycled and made from recycled materials. They come in shingle or sheet form and can last for about 50 years. Metal roofs require protective coatings, and since some homeowners choose to have these coatings painted, there's a virtually limitless color selection for these types of roofs. Metal also provides good resistance to fire and the wind.

Asphalt shingle roofs are the most popular type of roofing material with about 80 percent of American homes utilizing them. There are many reasons why this is the case, and the chief one is that asphalt shingles are one of the least expensive roofing options yet can last approximately 20 to 25 years. Asphalt shingles also come in many different colors due to their mineral granules and can be recycled. They're also easy to install and maintain.

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