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When it's time to get a new roof installed, many people consider using asphalt shingles, which is the most common roofing material used on homes. Asphalt has a lot going for it: It's relatively inexpensive, repels water and can last for 20 to 30 years. If someone desires something more durable or a different style of Alamo Heights roofing, there are other options available including slate, tile and synthetic slate roofing.

Slate is an incredibly tough material, and it can last a lifetime if it's installed correctly and properly maintained. This type of roofing is made from slices of slate stone that are cut to form individual shingles. Since it's made of stone, this type of roofing is easily able to resist rot, insects and fire.

Slate roofing is one of the hardiest roofing materials available, so it's difficult to damage. Even storms involving major winds and hail usually don't have any effect on slate. Slate is very expensive, however, due to the labor required to install it and its resilient structure. It typically starts at around $500 per square foot.

Tile roofing is a slightly less strong alternative to slate roofing, but it also costs much less. Even though tile can be damaged by hail or someone stepping on it during a roofing inspection, it's also able to resist rot, insects and fire.

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As is the case with slate, this type of roofing can last a lifetime if sufficiently maintained.

There are various kinds of tile roofing, with clay and concrete being two of the most popular due to the number of looks and colors that can be achieved with them. The type of tile that someone chooses will dictate its price, but tile starts at around $100 per square foot.

There's a major potential downside to slate and tile roofing, which is that they're very heavy roofing materials. A property must be able to support the weight of the roofing material or it could sustain structural damage.

Synthetic slate is an alternative to slate, and according to most people, there's no visual difference between the two. Synthetic slate is also much less expensive than the real thing as it can cost half or a third as much to install.

Synthetic slate weighs about the same as asphalt, so it can be installed on most homes. It can last up to 50 years, which is nearly double the lifespan of asphalt roofing.

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