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There are many different types of roofing materials on the market today. Yet how does one choose which kind to use? When choosing the materials for any roof, it is best to keep in mind many different things like roof slope, style of the building, building codes and cost. These questions need to be asked in order to do what is best for a particular building. It's a good idea to ask a Killeen Roofing contractor in order to figure out which materials will be best to use.

Different types of roofing materials have their advantages and disadvantages. They will each add their own distinctive design element to each building style. However, not every material can be used on every roof. Those with more slope will need to use something different than those with flatter roofs, and some building structures cannot handle weighty materials. Some of the different types of shingles one can consider are asphalt, wood, metal and slate.

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing materials used. These can be made from organic paper fiber mat or fiberglass mixed with asphalt and coated with mineral granules.

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They come in two configurations, with the standard single-thickness shingles costing half as much as the thicker, laminated ones. However, the laminated kind lasts longer and it will be worth the extra expense in the end. They are good for all slopes from fairly low to steep. They are also high in fire and wind resistance.

Wood shingles and shakes are made from rot-resistant woods like cedar or redwood. Most of these are not fire-resistant and can require frequent maintenance. However, some may find appeal in their natural look. They can be used on moderate to steep slopes, and are available in sawn shingles or split shakes depending on the desired look.

Metal roofing surfaces include aluminum, steel, copper and zinc alloy. They are all very durable but also very expensive. They can be purchased in sheets or shingles and can be installed as shingles or as seamed roofs connected with solder.

Slate is made from natural slate rock and is usually dark gray with an irregular appearance. The advantages to this material are that it is very long lasting, durable and weather and fire resistant. The disadvantages are that it is heavy and requires a reinforced structure, can only be used on steep sloped roofs and can be very expensive for materials and installation.

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