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Re-roofing: Top 4 Roofing Materials for Your Home

Clay TilesRegardless of how strong your roof is, there will come a time when it’s beyond repair. Roofing materials have a life expectancy of about 20 to 50 years. Instead of extending their use any further, it may be more cost-effective to remove them altogether and start re-roofing. It may cost more initially, but you won’t have to do repairs often. Here are some materials you can install for your next roofing system:

Asphalt Shingles

Many homeowners prefer this material because it’s affordable, easy to install, and can withstand different weather conditions. Also known as composition roofing, these are ideal for shingle and steep slope roofs. These come in different styles, shapes, colours, types, and sizes to fit the appearance you want for your new roof.

Metal Roofing

Made of aluminium, copper, and stainless steel, metal roofing materials are available in corrugated, faux-slate, and standing seam style. If you want a durable, lightweight, and fire-resistant material, then you should go with this type of roofing. Perth households, however, say that it can be noisy. Metal roofing doesn’t corrode. It lasts up to 50 years, while its coloured coating fades about 25 years.

Clay Tiles

These are heavy – about 1,000pounds per square – and need additional framing to make sure that the roof can hold all tiles together. Many roofing contractors recommend clay tiles for cooling purposes, as they’re non-combustible and can reflect at least 50% of energy from the sun. These are usually available in curved shapes, which is ideal for households interested in Spanish-style roofing.

Wood Shingles and Shakes

These are available in cedar, southern pine, redwood, and other types of wood. Shingles are flat because manufacturers cut them using a machine, while shakes are handmade. Many people don’t recommend wood because it’s flammable, but there are suppliers that offer Class A fire-resistant ratings for an additional cost. Depending on maintenance, these can last up to 25 years.

Give your home a new look by replacing your existing roofing materials. Re-roofing is a good opportunity to make changes so your home will look better.

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