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Plano roofing professionals have seen that the more knowledgeable a homeowner is about roofing materials before beginning a project, the happier they tend to be with their finished roofing project. The following is a brief overview of some of the popular roofing materials from which homeowners can choose.

Metal is considered a superior roofing material. Metal roofs are durable, require little maintenance and significantly increase the value of a home. Metal roofs retain their value, which makes them a good investment. Some homeowners mistakenly believe that since they are made of aluminum or steel, metal roofs will keep a home warmer during winter and prevent ice and snow from building up on the roof. However, since different metal roofs are made from different materials, this is not always the case.

Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular roofing material in North America. They are durable and can last anywhere between 15 and 25 years. They are designed to handle just about any type of weather, require relatively little maintenance and are extremely versatile. Asphalt shingles can be purchased in different shades and colors, depending on the preferences of the homeowner.

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Asphalt shingles are reasonably priced when compared with other roofing materials that are available.

Wood shingles are renowned for their longevity. They are made from cedar, Southern pine or redwood and have been known to last for more than twenty five years. They are favored for being energy efficient and being able to endure harsh weather.

Sheet metal roofing is slowly finding its way into residential neighborhoods, and it is valued for its durability and longevity. With proper maintenance, sheet metal roofs can last for between 30 and 50 years. Sheet metal can be expensive and is ideally suited for structures that have a steep or flat roofline.

Slate shingles have been shown to last for more than a century. However, they are very expensive. It is not uncommon for a homeowner to pay in excess of $800 per square foot for this material. Slate is extremely durable and requires little maintenance. It is heavy, so not all trusses will be able to support its weight.

When homeowners have a basic understanding of the roofing materials that are available in their area, they can have an informed conversation with their roofing contractor, clearly explain what they want and walk into the project knowing what to expect from the material that is being installed.

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