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Syracuse Roofing: Article About Considerations In Picking Roofing and Siding

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There are so many options out there, that choosing a roofing or siding material for a home can seem like quite a formidable task. For many homeowners, price will be the primary factor. Other considerations might include appearance, ease of installation, life span, and how much maintenance is required. Even after the materials have been chosen, all modern options of roofing and siding come with a dizzying array of color and style choices still to be made. Most roofing and siding installations will last for 20 years or more, so quite a bit of time and thought should be put into their selection, since they will have to live with their decision for a while.

When considering price, not only will the cost of roofing or siding materials come into play, things like flashing, trim, fasteners, decking and underlayment will be factors that require consideration as well. Trusted and experienced Syracuse roofing and siding professionals can help determine the price for any roofing or siding option available.

Generally speaking, when it comes to roofing, roll roofing is the most affordable option, followed by fiberglass asphalt shingles, then organic shingles. Organic shingles contain a mat made of cellulose or other organic fibers. Fiberglass shingles came around in the 1980s and have largely replaced organic shingles.

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They are thinner and lighter because they require less asphalt to make them waterproof. They have been tested to be more resistant to flame than traditional organic shingles. Beyond that, cedar shakes and shingles are a more expensive option. These require a lot more maintenance than either fiberglass or traditional organic shingles. Metal roofing products are one of the most expensive options, but require minimal maintenance.

Brick and stone are the most expensive siding options. Other options, in order from most expensive to least expensive, include stucco, cement fiber, wood shakes or shingles, wood lap and vinyl. Wood siding is one of the oldest forms of house siding. While it is beautiful, it also requires a lot of painting, caulking and other maintenance. It has largely been replaced by more affordable aluminum or vinyl siding over time. Luckily for those who like the look of wood siding, vinyl and cement fiber siding products are now engineered to imitate the look of wood. These products provide the beauty and distinction of wood without all the maintenance. These products are also less prone to cracking. Vinyl and cement fiber are also impervious to insects.

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