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The Most Common Choices for Residential Roofing

Updated: Apr 11, 2019

Asphalt Composition Shingles: These are cheap and easily obtainable but they are less attractive than other options due to their flat appearance. This is by far the most popular type of roofing material.

Wood Shakes or Shingles: These are pricey but attractive shingles. They have great durability but are not a good choice in regions where there is a fire danger.

Metal Roofing: Metal roofs made of steel or aluminum have become more popular in recent years due in part to their durability and because they are fireproof. These are expensive roofs that require specialty contractors for installation but they may be cost-effective over the long run due to their long life. Several types of metal roofing systems are available, including raised seam panels and products that mimic the look of composite shingles.

Slate Roofing: This is a highly attractive, high-end roofing option but it is expensive and very heavy. Slate roofs are extremely slippery to walk on and difficult to repair when damaged.

Composition Slate: This synthetic tiles, made from 95 percent recycled materials, including rubber, are gaining in popularity. They closely resemble slate and other forms of stone tile but are much lighter and less susceptible to damage.

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