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The Woodlands Roofing: Article About Comparing The Most Common Roofing Materials

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A roof is a hefty investment, so it makes sense that homeowners choose roofing materials to suit their home's aesthetic, climate and budget. Before pulling out the credit card, consulting The Woodlands roofing professionals can help guarantee the best choice possible for a home.

Asphalt shingles are by far the most common type of shingle used in roofing. They're extremely affordable and in compliance with the Energy Star standards for a "cool roof" rebate. Asphalt shingles are thin, but they have a decent lifespan, lasting between 20 and 30 years. They come in two types: organic and fiberglass. Fiberglass shingles are made with glass fiber and then coated with asphalt to make it waterproof. Organic shingles are paper based and coated with an asphalt emulsion so that they're waterproof. The organic shingles are more durable than their fiberglass counterparts are, but they're more susceptible to fire and aren't as environmentally friendly.

Wood shingles are also an option. The most popular kind is made from cedar because of its natural beauty and how well it weathers the elements. When installed, the shingles are a rich red color, but as they're exposed to moisture and sun, they gradually turn a stately grey color. Cedar lasts longer than asphalt shingles and adds an additional 10 years to a roof's lifespan.

A roofing contractor from Brinkmann Quality roofing Services of Woodlands can answer your questions about metal roofs or roof repairs.

Cedar shingles are quite resistant to wind, hail, snow and severe weather. They're also energy efficient because of their natural insulating effects. However, they do require more maintenance than other types of roofing. Because they're wood, they are susceptible to moisture and prone to mold, mildew and algae growth. Specific treatments can be applied annually to prevent any problems or treat existing growth.

Clay and concrete tiles are the longest-lasting shingle option. Clay tiles can last 100 or more years while concrete tiles can easily last 60 years. They're more expensive to install, and some roofs require extra support to hold their weight, but they easily pay for themselves based on longevity and how little maintenance they require. They're great for warm climates because they deflect the heat instead of absorbing it, so they help lower utility bills in the summer.

When a homeowner does their research, they're more likely to end up with a roof that satisfies both their budget and their home's appearance. Whether they choose a basic asphalt shingle or a classic clay tile roof, they should work with a trusted professional who can deliver a quality roof installation.

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