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Choosing from such a wide array of roof choices can be mind boggling. The advantages and disadvantages of each type of material need to be weighed carefully to tailor a solution to personal preferences and needs. The home and roof style may also affect the choice. A Plano roofing representative can present the options.

By far the most popular choice is asphalt shingles. They are more cost effective than many other roofing choices. A wide range of colors and styles are available. Three dimensional shingles can give a custom look. A shingle roof is easier to install around projections and is easier to modify for future additions. They are, however, more susceptible to weather extremes and do not last as long as some other roofs.

Another popular choice is a metal roof. Very durable, they can last as long as the house. Thomas Jefferson's metal roof is still protecting his home today. A metal roof is lightweight and requires less structural support. It stands up to snow, ice and wind and is fire resistant. It is, however, two to three times more expensive than asphalt shingles.

Tile roofs are beautiful and give a Mediterranean look to a building. They can last for decades but can be vulnerable to cracking and breaking.

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Tiles can also be made of concrete to reduce costs but are not warranted as long as clay. Different shapes are also available. Tile roofs are heavy and require more structural support than some other roofs, which may add to the cost. They are fire resistant and popular in fire prone areas but are three to five times more expensive than asphalt shingles.

Wood shingles develop a patina with age and have a traditional look. They require regular maintenance and need to be replaced in about 20 years. Because they are highly flammable, many cities now prohibit their installation. Insurance costs may also be higher on the building. For this reason, wood shingles are not as popular as other roofing options. The cost is about the same as a tile roof.

The most expensive roofing option is slate. A slate tile roof can last for decades but is vulnerable to cracking. New synthetic slate tiles made of recycled rubber can give the same look at a lower price. The installation of slate tiles is difficult and requires a roofer that is also a stonemason. The natural slate roof is fire resistant but very costly, ranging from 5 to 10 times more expensive than asphalt.

Whichever roofing material is chosen, a competent roofing contractor can provide excellent service. He can assist in the planning, installation and disposal of the old roof. Warranties vary depending on the material.

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