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Champaign Roofing: Article About Determining The Right Roofing Material

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Champaign roofing professionals have a wide range of materials to choose from when performing their trade. Each material has its advantages and can add a unique design to a home.

Some questions a homeowner should ask before selecting a roofing material include: How long will the material last? How long will it stand up to things like hurricanes and wildfires? Can the existing structure of the home support the weight of the roofing material, or will additional supports be needed? Does the roof have a sufficient slope for the material being considered? How will the material affect the style of the home? What impact will the material have on the environment?

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material used in the United States. They are made from either a fiberglass or organic base and are impregnated with asphalt and covered with protective granules. Their appearance varies from three-tab shingles to a thicker architectural style. Although they can be recycled, they are not environmentally friendly. They have moderate durability, yet they are susceptible to algae and mold growth. While they are not the heaviest roofing material, they are not as light as metal, and they are versatile enough to be used on low and steep slope roofs. When made with fiberglass, they have good fire and wind resistance.

A roofing expert from Roofs By Rodger of Champaign IL would be happy to answer any question you have about siding or gutters.

They are among the least expensive roofing materials available.

Metal roofing may be made from aluminum, steel, copper or a zinc alloy. Some metals will need a coating or painted finish to protect them from oxidation, while others such as copper require no protection because it develops an attractive green patina with age. Metal roofing materials come in sheets, or they can be manufactured to mimic natural roofing materials like slate or wood. Metal is environmentally friendly and easy to recycle; it is lightweight and can be installed over existing roofs. Metal has amazing fire resistance and moderate wind resistance. The price for metal can range from moderate for a steel roof to very expensive with a copper roof.

Plastic polymers are synthetic shingles that are designed to look like wood or slate. They are relatively new to the market, so there is no evidence as to how long they will last. They are made from recycled materials and can be recycled once they have reached the end of their useful life. They have good fire and wind resistance and are moderately priced.

Homeowners must carefully examine the pros and cons of each roofing material when selecting one that is right for them.

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