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What Are The Best Types of Roofing?

While many homeowners dread the day when they’ll have to put in a new roof, it actually may be a blessing in disguise. Installing a new roof is one of the best ways to add value and revitalize the exterior and increase the curb appeal of your home. 


However, it isn’t as simple as just picking something that looks good and slapping it on. As one of the most expensive home renovation projects you’re likely to undertake, there are a variety of factors to take into account. Take note of the weight of the material, how it performs during extreme weather and if there are special installation or maintenance factors. Having the answers to these questions and more is absolutely necessary when determining which type of roof is best for your home. 


Wood Shingles and Shake– Wooden shingles and shake have been a timeless classic for hundreds of years, and for good reason. They tend to age to a distinguished gray and can go well with a variety of styles of homes. Typically made from cedar, redwood or southern pine, wooden shingles are lightweight, strong and offer good protection from the elements while being environmentally conscious. However, there are drawbacks. Wooden shingles can be a major concern in the more extreme climates. In warm, dry areas they may be a fire concern, and in wetter places, the moisture can cause the shingles to split, mold or rot. 


Clay Tiles- Clay tiles are a very popular style roof, due to their strength and durability. Typically made from ceramic or terracotta clay, they can help complete a southwestern or Mediterranean look to your home. They are also known to be extremely long-lasting. A well-maintained clay or ceramic roof is known to last over 100 years, longer than nearly all others. They provide excellent insulation and are more environmentally conscious than other roofing options. However, clay tiles are extremely heavy and require a strong roofing frame to hold their weight. This can add to an already substantial roofing cost. Clay tiles, while strong against the elements and time, are unfortunately prone to cracking. 


Slate- Slate is one of the oldest roofing materials, and is virtually unparalleled when it comes to durability. Fireproof and nearly indestructible, it lasts longer than any other material. There are actually slate roofs that are still in use which date back to Shakespeare’s time. Slate is also a fantastic insulator, helping to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. But slate certainly has its drawbacks. Similarly to clay, slate is exceptionally heavy, and many roofs need an upgraded roofing frame before they get fitted with slate. Slate is also extremely expensive, more so than any other option. You’re paying for a roof that will last several lifetimes, and many people don’t need that. 


Asphalt Shingles- Asphalt shingles are by far the most common roofing material used in the country, and it’s clear why. They’re extremely affordable and can be installed quickly and effectively. Asphalt shingles are also easily fortified with fiberglass and other materials to increase their strength and durability. Coming in a variety of colors, these shingles can provide the perfect combination of durability, reliability, and style. Asphalt shingles also go well with most designs and can be installed faster than most other rooftops. 

At Shanco, we know roofing better than anyone. For the past 20 years, we’ve used only the best materials and professionals to provide you with the highest quality roofing system. Whether you need maintenance, roofing repair, replacement or new installation, our experts work with you to determine what’s right for you. Call now for a free inspection!

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