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Information about Roofing Materials

Information about Roofing Materials By Shea Richardson
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

There are many different types of roof materials available from which to choose. The most commonly used types of roof material include asphalt, wood, metal, tile, and slate. Each of these types has its own unique characteristics and abilities to make your roof look the best it can.

One of the most commonly used roof material on residential roofs is asphalt. This type is extremely durable, easy to install, and can be found in the moderate price range. Another roof material commonly used is wood. This roof material comes in two different forms: as wood shakes and wood shingles. These tend to be expensive to purchase and install.

The Dangers of Wood Roof Material


Another characteristic that needs to be considered when using wood is that wood can be ignited very easily. Therefore, wood roof material must be treated with fire retardant chemicals.

About Metal Roof Material


Another common roof material used by homeowners is metal. The different types of metal used include steel, copper, aluminum, and stainless steel. This roof material also comes in two different forms: agricultural panels and standing seam panels. Metal roof material is usually relatively lightweight and covers a large spectrum as far as pricing goes.

Tile as a Primary Roof Material


Some homeowners choose to use tile as their primary roof material. The most common types of tile used for roof material include clay, concrete, and fiber cement. These types of roof materials are difficult to install and time consuming.

Slate for the Roof



The final most commonly used roof material is slate. Slate is one of the most durable roof materials known. The actual slate material lasts forever, which means that these types of roofs have a very long life span. However, the fasteners that hold the slates to the roof and the flashings will need to be replaced eventually.

About the Author
An accomplished educator and writer, Shea Richardson has several years of teaching experience in the Georgia public school system. She holds a degree in Education from Georgia State University and specializes in topics spanning technology, education, and group dynamics.



*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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