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Choosing what to have a new roof made from can be as simple as choosing the same material of the old roof that you're having replaced. It's important, however, for homeowners to do the proper research so they're aware of the pros and cons of each type of roofing substance that's available before making a decision. It's possible that they'll still pick the same materials their old roofs were made from for their new ones, but it's also quite possible that they'll choose something different that will better suit their needs. According to Alamo Heights roofing professionals, homeowners need to consider such factors as their budgets, how long they want their roofs to last, its appearance, and the local building codes when selecting the material for their new roofs.

Asphalt shingle roofs are the most widely used in the US with about 80 percent of buildings having this type of rooftop, and there are good reasons for their popularity. Asphalt shingles provide a good value with a relatively inexpensive price, and they last for about 20 to 25 years. They're fire resistant and hold up well against the wind. Asphalt shingles are also easy to install and maintain and can be recycled at the end of their lifespan.

Metal roofs come in the form of shingles or sheets and made from copper, aluminum or steel.

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They have a lifespan of about 50 years and are ideal for climates with a lot of snow and ice. This type of roof can be slightly more expensive than asphalt shingles, but it's still a good value. Metal roofs are recyclable and can be made from recycled materials.

Wood shakes and wood shingles cost more than the previous two options and usually last about 40 to 50 years. Wood can be more difficult to maintain as it needs a protective coating and requires cleaning every two to five years to prevent the growth and buildup of mildew and lichen. While they aren't naturally fire resistant, wood shakes and shingles can be coated with a fire retardant. They provide good wind resistance.

Slate tiles are one of the most expensive roofing options but also the most beautiful. This natural roofing material is used commonly in the Northeast states as this is where it happens to be quarried. Slate tiles are extremely heavy, and therefore, won't be a feasible option for every homeowner. They're naturally fire resistant and provide good wind resistance as well. Slate roofs have the ability to last for generations.

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