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Plano Roofing: Article About Oldest Types Of Roofing Materials

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Most homeowners probably don't give much thought to the origins of their roofing system, but there's a rich history behind the oldest types of roofing material that are still available today. From slate to metal, certain roof coverings have been used for several centuries and are often made from natural resources. A Plano roofing professional can help homeowners learn more about the benefits of these roofing materials that have a long history.

Made of rock and extremely durable, slate has been used for several centuries. It's known as the longest-lasting type of roofing material and can remain on a building for up to 200 years. Slate is waterproof, fireproof, wind resistant and can withstand high temperatures while still maintaining its attractive appearance. Because it is one of the highest quality materials available, it is also one of the most expensive types of roofs to purchase.

Metal roofs continue to be one of the most popular types of roofs due to their longevity and ability to withstand various climates. Metal is highly solar reflective, which prevents as much as 70 percent of UV rays from being absorbed into a building. This allows homeowners to use their HVAC less to create a cooler and more comfortable interior space. Copper was originally used in the mid-1800s and is still present on historic buildings.

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The metal roofs are also painted to prevent rust from developing and help to prolong its lifespan.

Wood shakes are available in different styles and often complement older or historic homes. They are known to last 25 to 30 years if they're maintained well and if repairs are made in a timely manner. Although they are not fire resistant, they can be treated with certain chemicals to make them so. Wood shakes are also wind resistant and are easy to repair if damage occurs. Unfortunately, they can be expensive to maintain due to rot or insect infestations that can affect them.

Clay tiles are also one of the oldest roofing materials and have been used since the 17th century. They are secured onto roofs with a peg or fastener, which prevents it from blowing off in the middle of storms. They are commonly used in warmer climates because they're extremely resistant to heat and don't absorb UV rays easily. This allows the indoor climate to stay cool with less energy usage on the property. Unfortunately, the tiles are brittle and are prone to cracking due to pressure from tree branches or from walking on the structure.

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