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How to choose the right roofing materials for your house

Composite and asphalt shingles

Composite and asphalt (bottom) shingles

Many homeowners choose the summertime as an opportunity to change the roofing materials on their home. Whether it be due to age, defective materials or damaged roofing, many people will need a new roof installed on their home at some time. So once the decision is made to install a new roof, the real task becomes choosing which material will be the right choice for you.

The companies that produce roofing materials have created many choices that accommodate many different applications as well as pricing options.

The majority of homeowners will be using some variation of an asphalt composition shingle. Many people find the selection and price to be the most accommodating.

The three-tab style shingle is a widely used style of shingle and for the price provides a very nice option. If you are looking for enhanced curb appeal, longer life and perhaps a higher impact rating, you may look to an architectural-style shingle. These have a three-dimensional appearance. Your roofing contractor may be able to help with your selection.

There are other materials that may solve your roofing selection problem. The industry has a wide range of products ranging from rolled composition to concrete tiles. Wood shingles/wood shake, metal, concrete and clay tiles are all options.

As with any product that is installed on a home, it is crucial to determine what kind of maintenance your roofing choice will require. Some options may require more attention than others. A wood shingle, for example, may require semi-annual inspections and maintenance repairs. Some options will perform better than others but may cost more, like a concrete or slate tile roof. Some materials may even reduce or alter the price for homeowner’s insurance. Be sure to check with your insurance agent.

So as you decide which product is right for you and your home, it is important to know that there is a wide range of options and finding the best one may involve a consulting with your local roofing products supplier and or your roofing contractor. With a little time and research you can be confident your new roof will provide the look and performance that you.