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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Different Types Of Roofing Material | Home Improvement Project | Gutter Solutions NW

Roofing has come a long way since the thatch roofing that appeared around 735 A.D., as our previous post about the history of roofing explains. There are a lot of options available to homeowners and home builders today, with all of the technological and functional advancements made in this modern age.
Here are the common types of roofing material to choose from:
Likely the most common roofing material today is asphalt. The shingles for asphalt roofing are usually the common three-tab style. Asphalt shingles are typically the most affordable, however, they are not as visually appealing or durable as other roofing materials. One benefit of asphalt is that it is available in a large variety of colors.
Rustic, striking, classic – wood shingles are hard to beat. Weathering turns the shingles beautiful shades, and they are typically cut in uniform thickness with rough texture, since they are split from logs instead of sawn. Wood shingles can last for several decades if maintained well.
For centuries, slate has been a preferred roofing material because it is resistant to fire (unlike wood or thatch). Slate tiles last for generations, but it is also very expensive, and requires a special roof structure to support them because they are heavier.
More popular in the Mediterranean, ceramic roofing is used in half-cylinders that lay overlapping across the roof. Like with slate roofing materials, ceramic tiles need a sturdier roof frame. A high-quality ceramic tile roof could last up to 80 years if it is installed well.
In recent years, several companies have developed metal roofing options that look like the above roofing materials. Homeowners can achieve the same aesthetic of slate or wood roofing, with longer-lasting, more eco-friendly, and lighter-weight tiles. MetalWorks® steel shingles from Tamko offer Energy Star® shingles made from G-90 steel construction and up to 50 percent recycled materials. These shingles can be color-matched to your home, and are 100 percent recyclable. They can even be installed on top of your existing asphalt shingles to reduce disposal cost.
For roofing services or to receive a free quote for the innovative, superior-grade MetalWorks® steel shingles, contact us! Gutter Solutions Northwest can offer our knowledge and expertise to install improved roofing on your home.
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