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Plano Roofing: Article About Clay and Slate Tile Options

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After choosing a Plano roofing contractor, the type of shingle a homeowner will use in their replacement roof is the most important choice they will make in regard to their roof. While shingles made of asphalt are the most widely used shingle type in the nation, homeowners should consider all shingle types prior to committing to a roofing material. Homeowners should do their research, talk to their roofing contractor and neighborhood association before selecting their roofing shingle. They should take into consideration the pros and cons of each type, as well as other factors like budget and longevity. For homeowners who want to learn more about clay or concrete tiles and slate, here is some information they need to know to make an informed decision about roofing shingles.

Unlike other roofing options that are combustible, clay and concrete tiles are noncombustible and very durable. However, they are extremely heavy and will require extra roof framing to hold this weight. Many of these tiles can be purchased in lighter colors and align with cool roof standards as they are designed to reflect as much as half of the sun's rays.

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Although more expensive than other shingles, clay and concrete tiles are an elegant alternative and add value to the home. They provide more protection than other shingle types and can last as long as 50 years. They are available in several different colors, shapes and textures and some do not even resemble tiles at all, giving the home more of an upscale look. These tiles go well with some ranch style homes, as well as European, Mediterranean and mission style homes. This roofing option is also greener than other shingles. They are very energy efficient and can be made with sustainable products.

Slate tiles have a unique appearance. They are also extremely heavy and can require additional roofing support prior to installation. Slate is virtually waterproof and has the potential to last for 50 to 100 years if well cared for. These tiles are easy to repair and recycle. They are popular in the Northeastern region of the United States, as this is where slate is quarried. Slate is usually a darker color, and is, therefore, not a popular choice for warmer climates. Slate shingles pair well with chateau, French and Colonial housing styles. They are eco friendly, especially when quarried close to where they will be used, as they have only a small environmental impact when compared with other roofing products.

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