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San Antonio Roofing: Article About Factors When Choosing A Roof

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Although roofing materials are manufactured to last longer than ever before, homeowners should budget for the possibility that they may need to repair or replace their roof. If the roof needs to be replaced, there are many different materials and options to choose from. Regardless, there are a few factors that individuals should consider prior to making their decision.

Before the decision to replace a roof is made, a San Antonio roofing professional will perform an estimate. The estimate will detail how much the materials and labor will cost as well as how long the project will take to complete. It will also indicate whether subcontractors will be needed. This aspect is particularly important because the look and effectiveness of roofing materials can be greatly impacted by the skill level and experience of the contractor installing it.

If cost is a factor, asphalt shingles are among the least expensive roofing materials per square foot, while slate or wooden shakes tend to cost the most. Any shingle that has been chemically altered or modified to add fire or pest resistance may also be more expensive.

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Although a homeowner may like the look of wood shakes, they can be susceptible to damage if there is excess moisture or the presence of insects nearby. This could reduce the product's useful life by many years or even require sections to be repaired one or more times before it is replaced again. Should a home be located near pests or in areas that gets more rainfall than average, it may be better to use metal roofing materials or opt for simple asphalt tiles.

Shingles, shakes and tiles may come in a variety of colors and textures to meet a homeowner's needs. However, the roof may be an eyesore if it doesn't go well with the colors on the rest of the house or the style of surrounding homes. Although a homeowner generally has the right to do what he or she wants on his or her property, going against the grain could impact property values.

While some roofing materials such as asphalt can be placed on top of existing tiles or shingles, this is not always a possibility. If materials are improperly placed on top of an existing layer of shingles, it could result in cupping or overexposure. In the event that a homeowner is putting slate or concrete on his or her roof, it could create hundreds of pounds of extra weight on the structure, which means that the structure will need to be reinforced.

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