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How do you choose the best roofing material for your home?

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To choose the best roofing material for your home, consider the cost of materials, the need for protection against natural disasters, the strength of the existing roofing framing and the aesthetics of the house. You should also consider the slope of the roof and local building codes.

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Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material used in America. They are moderately heavy and can be used on various types of slopes. Asphalt shingles are not as durable as other options, so they may not be ideal in areas prone to natural disasters and extreme weather. Metal roofing costs more than asphalt shingles, but it lasts longer and is more resistant to wind.

Plastic polymer roofing shingles are reported to be durable and easy to care for. They are fairly light, and can be used on steep slopes or moderate slopes. They are average in price and are resistant to wind and fire. Clay tile is ideal in areas prone to wild fires, as they are highly resistant to fire. They are very expensive and heavy, but they are strong and last for a long time.

Concrete tiles are resistant to fire, but they don't fair well in wind. They can break, but they do last long. Slate is expensive, but it resists fire and wind effectively and is very durable. Wood shingles and shakes are moderately priced, but they are not resistant to fire unless treated.

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