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How to Choose Roofing Materials

Because many different roofing materials are available, the first step in any roofing process is to choose the ones that are right for you. To do this, you will need to not only consider price, but also function. While you want a roof that's inexpensive, you also want a durable roof.

Considering the Price of Roofing Materials

According to costhelper.com, the most cost effective roofing material is asphalt. Other common roofing materials include wood, tile, metal, and slate. There are also some synthetic types available. According to costhelper.com, an asphalt roof can cost between about $700 and just over $3,000. On the other hand, a slate roof can cost as much as $120,000 depending on the size of the building.

Assessing the Function of Roofing Materials

Because it is significantly less expensive than other roofing materials, it is easy to understand why asphalt is the most popular roofing material in the U.S. However, this is also functionally different from other roofing materials. For instance, slate and metal are much stronger than asphalt, and they can protect against damage better than asphalt roofing. A tile roof is also resistant to both rot and insect damage, presenting a functional advantage for tile roofs. Fire resistant metal roofs can also protect homes, although asphalt shingles are rated as to how well they will protect against fire.

Although they are cheaper, there are several disadvantages to asphalt tiles. However, it is up to homeowners to decide whether adequately performing asphalt tiles are desired for budget purposes, or if more expensive material is needed. By studying both price and function, you can choose the roofing materials that are best for you.


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