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Schenectady Roofing: Article About Life Span and Energy Ratings

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Homeowners should consider a variety of factors when they choose a new roof, including the cost of the materials and their style. They also need to account for the lifespan and Energy Star ratings of these materials as well. These two factors play a large role in determining what kind of roof they can afford to have Schenectady roofing experts install.

The most common type of roofing material that homeowners choose is asphalt shingles, which is why they cover nearly 75 percent of American homes. The main reason for asphalt's popularity is its moderately long life span and low cost. Unfortunately, asphalt shingles are often the worst choice in cold climates because of their low insulative properties. The material has the lowest Energy Star rating out of the materials covered in this list, and they typically last between 15 and 30 years, depending on if the homeowner keeps them professionally maintained. Overall, asphalt shingles have the worst environmental track record as well. They absorb heat and end up in landfills when they no longer function as viable roofing materials.

A good choice for ranch, cottage and contemporary type homes is wood shingles and shakes, which are typically made out of redwood, cedar or southern pine trees. The difference between shakes and shingles is how they are cut. Shakes are cut by hand, but shingles are cut by machines.

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This is why wood shakes have a rougher look. Wood roofing materials have a slightly higher Energy Star rating than asphalt shingles because wood absorbs less heat, keeping the house cooler. In addition, they can be turned into mulch once their 20- to 30-year life span ends, which keeps them out of landfills. Unfortunately, wood shakes and shingles have a poor fire rating and require additional upkeep.

Concrete and clay tiles are also a fantastic choice for homeowners who are looking for materials with high Energy Star ratings. Tiles reflect nearly 50 percent of the sun's harmful UV rays, which keeps houses cooler during hot summer months. Tile roofing materials also have a long life span of 50 to 75 years. Most manufacturers offer tiles in a variety of styles and colors to give homeowners plenty of options.

The only all-natural roofing material that lasts longer than concrete and clay tiles is slate. This material is chosen for its distinctive and beautiful appearance as well as its longevity. It's common for slate roofs to last upwards of 100 years or more. They can also be easily repaired or recycled. Slate tiles typically have a fair Energy Star rating, which depends on their color. For example, dark slate tiles absorb more heat than they reflect.

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