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Virginia Beach Roofing: Article About Choosing A New Roof

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One of the first concerns most homeowners have when faced with deciding what kind of roof they want for their home is the cost. Asphalt composition shingles range from inexpensive to moderate in cost and are used in 80% of residential roofs. Metal roof prices range from moderate for steel to expensive for copper. Plastic polymer shingles can be made to resemble either wood shakes or slate and are moderately priced. Concrete roof tiles are moderately priced and can be made to resemble wood shakes, slate, and clay tile. Actual wood shingles and shakes are moderately priced. At the expensive end of the price spectrum are clay tiles and slate.

Other considerations include how long the new roof will last. A slate roof, while the most expensive, will probably last over 75 years, compared to the expected lifespan of asphalt shingles of 15 to 20 years. If a homeowner is considering one of the heavier roofs, like concrete, tile, or slate, they should have their contractor make sure the existing roof framing is strong enough to hold it. Virginia Beach roofing contractors should also make sure that the choice adheres to local building codes.

The expert roofers from Jayhawk Exteriors of Virginia Beach would be happy to answer any question you have about roofing, siding or gutters.

There are also factors that can limit choices, like the slope of the roof. In a part of the country prone to wildfires, it's a critical consideration to choose a material with a high fire rating, and if hurricanes are a threat to the area, roofing with good wind resistance can limit damage.

If it's important to a homeowner that the material be friendly to the environment, the petroleum based asphalt shingles, while they can be recycled, are most often taken to landfills. Metal roofing can be made from recycled materials and recycled when it's time for replacement. Plastic polymer roofing materials can be recycled. Wood shingles and shakes, slate, concrete, and clay tiles are made from natural materials, but concrete and clay tiles require substantial amounts of energy to produce.

After weighing the cost, material, fire and wind resistance, and the environment, homeowners still have to consider the curb appeal of their home. If they go with asphalt shingles, they have a wide variety of color choices, and should try to ensure the color they choose compliments their home's exterior. If they decide on a roof material that can be made to resemble another type, it's advisable to avoid a heavily patterned roof for a brick home because it has a busy look.

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