When it comes to roofing materials, asphalt shingles still offer the greatest versatility and continue to be popular among homeowners. Available in a vast array of colours and textures, asphalt shingles can conform to any roof shape. Compared to some roofing materials, they are inexpensive, easy to install and repair.
As a roofing material, wood shingles and shakes are less popular these days. While many homeowners prefer the bold, traditional, sculptured look wood shingles and shakes give a home, concerns have been raised about how well they can resist fire.
Also popular, especially in warmer climates, are cement and clay tile which come in a variety of colours, shapes and textures. However, these can be both expensive and heavy and not the best choice for many homes.
Some companies now offer high-tech alternatives to traditional roofing materials. These combine versatility, light weight and durability with high fire, weather, insect and mold resistance properties.
Lightweight aluminum roof shakes, for example, also help lower energy costs by keeping your home warm in winter and cool in summer. Other high-tech roofs use fibre-reinforced cement that weighs about the same as wood or premium shingles and comes in slate, shingle or wood shake forms.
Some use earth stone granules and acrylic resins bonded to aluminum or galvanized steel bases to capture the pleasing look of tiles or the rich textures and strong lines of wood shingles.
These new roofing materials often come in a variety of colours, shapes, textures and sizes. They are generally more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles. But, in most cases, the extra cost is well worth it and some are backed by a 50 year guarantee. Most will look as good 20 years and more from now as the day they were installed.
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