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When it comes to selecting roofing materials, one might select an option based on cost, durability, design or what is popular in the neighborhood. The benefits of each material should be considered as well as their lifetime cost. Whether re-roofing or adding the roof to new construction, these factors should play a role in deciding which material is best for the home.

Shingles are a popular choice due to their affordability, and since they're available in a wide range of colors, they may even enhance the architecture of a home. They're a popular choice for Syracuse roofing and have a look that goes well with older homes as well as new ones. Usually made from asphalt, there are some shingles on the market that have a lifetime of 30 years. Architectural shingles are often used when a higher grade of protection is desired, and they're popular where a more dramatic and striking effect is desired. They tend to call attention to the architectural features of the home, such as gables.

Wood shakes and shingles may be made from western red cedar, cypress, pine and redwood trees and offer a look that is both rustic in appearance and natural. Although there are some concerns regarding their use in fire-prone areas, there is a cedar shingle that has been pressure treated with fire retardants.

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Often, wood roofs have a lattice support beneath the shingles to allow for circulation of air. Faux wood shingles have the look of wood but are built to be fireproof and are made from manufactured materials.

Slate is a material that has been very popular in past years. It is highly durable as slate roofs have been known to last 100 years. However, a slate roof is heavy, and the supporting structure should be able to support the weight. There are manufactured shingles that offer the look of slate without the weight.

Metal roofs can withstand the elements and come in various designs from panels to tile, shingles, imitation wood shingles or slate-looking shingles. Because the material holds up longer, it can be used where extreme weather is a concern. Metal reflects heat on a roof, making the interior cooler while keeping the home warmer in winter. It can therefore be an energy saver. Most metal roofing comes with a 30- to 50-year warranty. A myth regarding metal roofing is that it attracts lightning, but the fact is that if lightning strikes the home, it will be diffused throughout the house by the metal.

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