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Whether a home is in dire need of a new roof or a new home needs to be finished, it is important to know what type of roof is best for the home. The number of options available for homeowners is increasing. Chesapeake roofers can help homeowners decide which material is ideal based upon the advantages and disadvantages, as well as the style of the home.

It is important to understand where to start when selecting a roof; homeowners can select natural materials or those that are manmade. Some of the key factors to consider when preparing to purchase a roof is how long the roof is expected to last, the ability to withstand the elements and severe weather, what building codes are required and available budget.

Once all the different factors are considered, it is time to look at the different types of materials that shingles are made of. The most popular choice for residential properties is the asphalt shingle. Asphalt is inexpensive, but these shingles are not very durable, so property owners will need to inspect their roofs more often when using this material. There are other materials that are more durable, but also more expensive.

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Some of the materials that may be better choices include metal, plastic and clay. Metal is ideal for windy locations, as is plastic, and they are easier to recycle. Clay is among the costliest choice for shingles, but it is ideal for homes that have steep sloped roofs. Clay tiles require reinforcement of the framing of the home due to the weight, but they are a material that will last for a long time.

When determining which material is optimal for the house, it is ideal to break the cost down to how much it will cost per year. For example, asphalt shingles will cost homeowners less than $10 dollars a year to own. However, metal, clay and plastic may all cost closer to $20 a year. The most expensive type of material is wood.

Because the costs vary greatly, homeowners will also need to consider if they want to purchase a warranty on their roof. Warranties help add protection to the roof, but reading the fine print is vital and make sure to research the company to make sure they have the ability to back up the warranty. With the roof being the home's first defense to the elements, it is worth the time and effort it takes to determine the best roofing material possible.

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