What Are Some Reliable Roofing Options?


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Some of the most reliable roofing options are plastic polymer, clay tiles, concrete tiles and slate. All of these roofing material options generally have a lifespan of over 50 years, with the slate having a life expectancy of over 75 years. The downside to these materials is that they are generally more expensive than other less durable options.

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Plastic polymer roofing material comes in the form of shingles that can be stylized to appear similar to slate or wood shake shingles. The polymer has the added benefit of being recyclable when the material needs to be replaced and is substantially lighter than many other reliable roofing materials, decreasing the structural stress on the frame of the house.

Clay and concrete tiles are similar in that they are both extremely resilient to high temperatures; however, high winds can damage them. They are normally more expensive than the plastic polymer roofing material and are a lot heavier as well.

Slate is by far the most durable and reliable roofing material as it has exceptional fire and wind resistance, as well as a long lifespan. Slate can last over 75 years, and it's not unheard of for the roofing material to last anywhere from 100 to 200 years. Slate is extremely heavy, so it requires additional support as well as specially trained roofers when it is installed.

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