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Deciding on a roofing material can be difficult for some homeowners. While some may choose to stay with the same type of material they had previously, others may need or want a change. A Charlotte roofing contractor can be an excellent resource for information on different types of roofs and which kind will work best on certain homes. Homeowners should use their roofing contractor's advice when making this important decision. Here are some factors homeowners should take into consideration when the time comes to choose a roofing material.

The biggest factor in choosing a roofing material is often related to the homeowner's budget. Most homeowners have a set or limited budget for their new roof. This can put several of the higher-end roofing materials, such as wood shakes or slate tiles, far out of their price range.

Also with cost, homeowners need to consider how long the roofing material is expected to last them. While some roofing materials, like metal shingles, will have a higher upfront cost, they can last twice as long or longer than the less-expensive asphalt shingles.

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In most cases, fronting more money on a roofing material will pay off in the long run because the roof will not need to be replaced as frequently. For example, slate, which is one of the most expensive roofing materials, has been known to last 100 to 150 years. Whereas asphalt shingles are the least expensive and generally will last between 20 and 30 years.

Aside from cost, care and maintenance are also factors to consider when choosing a material. Some roofing types, such as wood shingles or shakes, will require more care or maintenance than others. Although all roofing types will require some preventative maintenance, some will need repairs or underlayment replacement more frequently. A roofing contractor can provide the homeowner with more information on the maintenance requirements of different types of roofing materials.

Finally, aesthetics can also be an important factor for homeowners to consider. Some homeowners will be more drawn to the natural wood shakes or slate tiles. Others may prefer more color choices that are provided by asphalt shingles and metal roofing materials. For people who cannot afford the price tags of the higher-end tiles and shingles, there are asphalt and metal shingles that are made to look like wood shakes and slate tiles. Choosing a shingle color and type that complements the home will increase its value and curb appeal.

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