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Homeowners who are replacing their roofs will find that they have many different options of roofing materials to choose from, possibly more than they anticipated. While some homeowners will stay true to the material they currently have on their roof, others will welcome a change in roofing materials for one reason or another. Homeowners should talk to their Charlotte roofing professional to find out more about their options in roofing materials.

Asphalt shingles are used the most frequently on homes out of all of the roofing materials used in North America. In fact, they are utilized on about four out of five homes. The reasons for their popularity include their ability to last two to three decades and their relatively low cost when compared with other types of roofing materials. Homeowners who select asphalt shingles will be able to choose from several different color and texture options. Asphalt shingles are also available in styles that look like higher end roofing materials, such as slate tiles or wood shakes.

Metal roofs are the best option for roofs that are extremely steep or flat. They can be constructed from various metals, such as terne, aluminum, tin and stainless steel. Metal roofing can come in shingle form or they can come in sheets.

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Metal sheeting is used more frequently and is more expensive of the two. Metal roofs have been known to last 50 to 100 years. Metal roofs are recommended by FEMA in areas that are prone to natural disasters, as they are fireproof and can withstand winds of up to 110 and 160 mph.

Wood shakes and shingles are popular with certain homeowners due to their natural look. When properly maintained and cared for, a wood shake or shingle roof can have a lifespan of around 50 years. Wood roofs are now treated in order to increase their fire resistance, which makes them more attractive to some homeowners. The colors homeowners choose for their wood roofing materials greatly vary, and some prefer them to weather and turn an organic shade of gray.

Slate tiles are perhaps the most expensive roofing material available in the United States. Slate is quarried in the Northeastern states and is popular on homes there, due to its easy availability and decreased costs associated with transporting it. Slate is virtually waterproof and has good fire resistance. People are drawn to its natural beauty, which is available in many different colors.

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