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There are a wide variety of roofing materials available on the market today. From asphalt shingles and wood shake to sheet metal and clay tile, it can be difficult for the typical homeowner to determine which roofing material is right for their home. Many decide based on cost alone, and this fact makes asphalt shingles one of the most popular Fort Worth roofing materials today. What follows is a quick comparison of the most popular roofing materials.

The cheapest roofing material is three tab asphalt shingles. These shingles offer functional coverage for the home, but are not particularly durable, wind resistant or light. As a result, there is the concern of the material tearing during severe weather. When short-term cost savings is the primary factor, three tab asphalt shingles are the way to go.

Laminated asphalt, also known as architectural shingles, are slightly more expensive, heavier and more durable than three tab shingles. Both forms of asphalt shingle provide good resistance to fire, and laminated shingles' extra weight make them a little bit more wind resistant. Laminated asphalt also tends to provide the roof with a subtly textured look, and is great for those looking to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing roof on a budget.

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Metal roofing is much more durable and wind resistant than asphalt shingles, while simultaneously being lighter than them. Metal roofs are often applied as large sheets of metal running down the slope of the roof. However, metal shingles are available which mimic the look of other roofing materials. Metal is more environmentally friendly, lighter and fire resistant, but is somewhat more costly.

Concrete tile is slightly more expensive than metal roofing, but can be made to mimic clay tile, wood shake and even slate building materials. Since clay tile and slate are significantly more expensive than concrete, this option is perfect for those seeking to achieve a sophisticated aesthetic with their roof but are not ready for the most expensive materials. Concrete tile is heavy enough to require some structural reinforcement, but is very durable and fire resistant.

Clay tile is long lasting and low maintenance, but is brittle, expensive and heavy. It is, however, beautiful and sought after for the aesthetic touch that it gives a home. Another consideration with clay tile is that it can only be used on moderate to steep sloped roofs.

Slate roofs are also extremely long lasting and expensive. Slate is naturally fire resistant, and the weight of it makes it particularly wind resistant as well. However, slate is only possible to install on steep sloped roofs. It also requires specially trained professionals to install, adding to its cost.

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