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Syracuse Roofing: Article About Roofing Material Options

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Once homeowners make the decision to replace their existing roof, they have the challenging task of determining which roofing material they are going to use. It is good to speak to a Syracuse roofing professional prior to making this decision to determine if the style and slope of the roof will affect the roofing material options available.

The most common roofing material in North America is the asphalt shingle. This is because it is the least expensive roofing material to install. Asphalt shingles are extremely versatile and are appropriate for just about any style of home. Asphalt shingles work especially well with homes that have a steep sloped roof. Asphalt shingles are light and can be installed without structural reinforcement. If they are damaged or if they fall off, they can easily be replaced and repaired because they are easy to cut and fit. Asphalt shingles work well in any weather environment, require little maintenance and can be walked on without damage. They do not require special accessories, edges or flashings. They can be purchased in different styles such as laminate, organic and fiberglass, as well as in different colors and shapes. They offer a good degree of fire resistance and will provide adequate protection for a home for up to two decades.

The downside of asphalt shingles is that they have a shorter life span than premium materials like slate or metal.

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They can easily be damaged by high winds and storms. If they are exposed to the sun for extended periods of time, they may scar or become damaged. They are also susceptible to mildew and mold growth.

Wooden shingles or shakes have been used as a roofing material for hundreds of years. They give a roof a natural style and a unique character that can add curb appeal to a home and increase its value. They can be purchased in different cuts, thicknesses and colors. They are lightweight and require no structural reinforcement. They increase the energy efficiency of the home because they are a natural insulating material. They are durable, can stand up to storms and debris, can be walked on without damage, and can stand up to the elements when they are properly sealed.

The downside is that they are difficult to install and can only be installed by a professional who has experience working with this material. Therefore, the labor costs for installing wood shingles are higher than that of asphalt. They are also susceptible to rot, insect infestation and mold. They are unrated by fire safety codes, and so for this reason, some municipalities do not permit homeowners to use them as roofing material.

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