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Dallas Roofing: Article About Composite Shingles, Wood Shakes and Clay

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When homeowners speak to Dallas roofing professionals about available roofing materials, they often express a desire to find materials that are durable and maintenance free. Roofing contractors work with their customers to help them to choose a roofing material that will reduce the initial cost of replacing the roof as well as save them money on maintenance and repairs in the future.

Composite shingles can either be made from organic fibers that have been dipped in asphalt or from a fiberglass mat that has been coated with asphalt. Composite shingles come in different colors and different thicknesses. One of their benefits is their versatility. They are easy to install. Depending on local building codes, they can even be installed over an existing roof. They need little maintenance, and a person can walk on asphalt shingles without damaging them. Asphalt shingles have received a Class A fire rating. The downside to these shingles is that they only last for 12 to 20 years. They are susceptible to wind damage.

Wood shakes are another popular roofing option. Homeowners like wood because it comes in different colors and thicknesses. No two wood roofs are exactly the same. Wood naturally insulates a home.

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At the same time, it allows for air circulation, which makes the home a more comfortable place to live. If properly maintained, wood shakes can last for 30 years or more. Some of the downsides of this style of roofing is that wood requires a lot of maintenance and repair. They are susceptible to mold, mildew or algae growth. Insects and wildlife can endanger a wood roof. Most wood roofs are not rated for fire safety, and so there are a lot of municipalities that do not allow homeowners to use them. Installing wood shakes is a lot more difficult than installing composite shingles.

Clay roofing tile is very popular in the southwestern part of the United States. It provides a very clean look and is able to reflect the sun's UV rays. Clay lasts for a very long time. It is not uncommon for clay roofing material to outlast the roof decking it sits on. Some of the negatives of clay include its weight and its cost. Clay roofing material is fragile, and so if an inexperienced person walks on it, they can break it.

There are many roofing options available for homeowners to choose from. However, if they work with a roofing professional, they can be sure to find a material that is well-suited for their home.

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