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Replacing a roof involves many decisions for homeowners. Once a homeowner has selected a reputable Plano roofing company, the next step is to decide on roofing materials. Most homeowners will find themselves a bit lost or confused when trying to decide which type of shingles to use on their home. This is an important decision as it can affect the budget, the longevity of the roof and the home's overall appearance. Other factors to consider include the style of the home, the climate and whether the roof is Energy Star rated. Homeowners should discuss the types of roofing materials available in their area as well as what is commonly used and what the roofing contractor may recommend.

Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing materials in the United States. About 80 percent of homes utilize this type of shingle as it has many benefits. It is affordable for most homeowners and is cost effective. Asphalt roofs are easy to install, only taking one to three days on average, and are easy to repair. However, they do have a low insulative value and do not last as long as some other roofing options on the market.

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They are crafted from petroleum products and are generally not able to be recycled due to their fiberglass layer. Standard asphalt shingles are available in a variety of textures, colors and ranges of lifespan expectancy. They are not very eco friendly but are easy on the wallet. Dimensional or laminate asphalt shingles are the most common while three tab asphalt shingles offer a lower budget option for rental homes or those who have less flexibility in their budget. Asphalt shingles can be used with homes of any architectural style and can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years.

Wood shingles and shakes are available in cedar, redwood, southern pine and other wood types. Cedar is the most expensive. Wood shingles have a cleaner look and are cut with a machine. Shakes are hand cut and have a more rustic look. It is important to check with local building codes before installation as most wood shingles and shakes either have Class C fire ratings or no ratings at all. However, Class A wood shingles that have a fire resistant treatment can be purchased. These types of shingles are best on ranch, historic, contemporary, cottage and bungalow style homes. They can last between 30 to 50 years. They are more eco friendly than asphalt shingles as they are made of natural materials.

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