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Homeowners building new houses or replacing their roofs should consider the type of roof that best fits their interests. Beyond durability and price concerns, some types of roofing material are best suited in certain climates than others. Homeowners, therefore, need to know pros and con of different types of common roof types before choosing a professional Dallas roofing contractor.

Asphalt shingle is one of the common roof types that most people prefer. They are sometimes referred to composition shingles. Their installation starts with asphalt saturated fiberglass mats to make them water resistant. The fiberglass layer is then coated with sand granules. Asphalt shingle is the most affordable roof type that many homeowners choose. They are also fire resistant and lightweight compared to other roofing materials. The only shortcoming of asphalt shingles is that they are not especially durable compared to other common roofing materials.

Wood shingles or wood shakes fall into this list of common roof types. Wood shingles are usually small with both sides split. Wood shakes roofing, on the other hand, are slightly thicker and usually split by hand. This roof type is very attractive and blends a natural look with the surrounding.

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Low degree of fire resistance and expensiveness are some of the shortcomings of this type of roofing material.

Tile is another type of roofing material commonly used in many homes. They come in different styles ranging from flat, wood like or curved. Roof tiles also come in two forms, which are clay tiles or concrete tiles. Some of the advantages of roof tile are that they come in different styles and different colors. They are also fire resistant, rot resistant, and insect resistant. Their shortcomings include expensiveness, heaviness and the high cost of replacement.

Roofs made of metal are also common among homeowners. Metal thin sheets that have been rolled out and cut are installed on the house top. Waterproof materials are then applied on top of the metal thin sheets. Metal roofs are preferred by many homeowners because they are extremely durable compared to other roofing materials. Metal roofs are also resistant to fire, rot and insects. Their shortcomings include expensiveness and noisy in hailstorms.

Slate roofs are also common among high class neighborhoods because of their luxurious nature. Slate is a natural material that comes in different grades and colors. Roofs made of slate are extremely attractive and durable compared to other roofing material. They are also fire, rot and insect resistant, and require low maintenance. The oblivious con of slate roofs is that they are extremely expensive.

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