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Champaign Roofing: Article About Various Roof Options

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With all the many different roofing materials that homeowners have to choose from, researching the options ahead of time can prevent costly mistakes further down the road. While a professional Champaign roofing contractor can inform the homeowner of all the various options in detail, here are a few of the most common roofing materials.

For those who live in humid climates, it is important to choose a roof that will resist algae growth. Asphalt shingles are lightweight, inexpensive and durable. They don't require structural reinforcements. Easy to install and maintain, their cost and limited upkeep make them a popular choice. However, in rainy areas, asphalt is prone to stains and algae. It needs to be either laminated or treated with a heavy sealant to protect it from the weather.

Although more expensive than asphalt, a metal roof can be a better choice in areas where snowfall is common. Rust-resistant and waterproof, metal roofing is the most durable roofing material on the market today. It will withstand heavy winds and needs little to no upkeep. In fact, a metal roof will often last as long as the house does.

Slate and clay tiles are heavy.

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Although slate is more attractive than and almost as durable as metal, installation is more complex. Slate shingles require special tools and expertise. In snowy climates, slate can be a problem. Snow that doesn't melt right away will add a lot of weight to the roof, so the structure beneath the shingles or tiles has to be reinforced. Slate and clay tiles make a roof more likely to sag if they are not installed correctly.

Wood shingles cost less than many roofing materials. They give the home a solid, rustic look. Relatively easy to install, high-quality cedar shingles take more maintenance than other choices. Wood isn't fire-resistant, so cedar shingles are easier to damage. They must be painted to protect them from the weather and inspected twice a year to catch potential problems.

Composite shingles are made of recycled materials. Environmentally friendly, they hold up as well as other roofing and can endure heavy rains and snow. Only slightly heavier than traditional asphalt shingles, most composite products don't need reinforcements. In addition, composite shingles come in a variety of colors, so they are easy to match up with the house's current design and color scheme. As long as they are installed by a well-experienced roofing company, a composite roof will last as long as the home does.

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