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Dallas roofing professionals agree that the roof is the most important system in the home. It protects the home's occupants from the elements, as well as helps to maintain the indoor air temperature and quality. Unfortunately, most homeowners do not pay attention to the roof until there is a problem.

When the time comes to rebuild or replace a roof, there are many opinions about which roofing material is the best. Designers and architects opt for materials that provide form over function, while homeowners want a material that gets the job done and is inexpensive.

Asphalt and metal currently dominate the residential roofing industry. Asphalt has the value of being attractive, durable and having a lifespan of three decades or more. Metal roofing has made a resurgence in the past two decades. It boasts a life cycle of 50 years or more.

Asphalt shingles are very affordable. Contractors like to work with asphalt because it is quick and simple to install. If an asphalt roof is damaged, shingles can easily be replaced or repaired. Composite roofing material comes in a wide array of colors, thicknesses and styles to meet the taste and budget of every homeowner. Asphalt shingles require little maintenance and have been Energy Star rated, which makes an asphalt roof eligible from some tax credits.

The roofing contractors at Total Roofing of Dallas can assist you with any questions regarding roof maintenance or residential roofing.

Some homeowners shy away from asphalt shingles because they do not hold up well to harsh weather, especially high winds and hail. They easily trap moisture, which can lead to fungal growth, including moss mildew and algae. Even though most asphalt roofs come with a warranty, factors such as ventilation, maintenance and sun exposure can affect how well the roof holds up. Finally, asphalt shingles are not environmentally friendly. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, shingles make up a large portion of the total building related waste stream.

Metal roofs are lightweight and extremely durable. Metal is fireproof and offers a high degree of protection from the elements. Some insurance companies provide discounts to homeowners who install metal roofs. They are environmentally friendly, energy efficient and recyclable.

Metal roofing is expensive, costing up to three times as much as asphalt. It can expand and contract with changes in temperature, and this can damage fittings and allow moisture to penetrate the roof.

The bottom line is that homeowners need to do research and discuss the pros and cons of different materials with a roofing professional before deciding on what material is right for them.

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