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How do you select the best roof shingle?

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Aesthetics, weight, cost, installation requirements and the climate are all considerations for selecting roof shingles. Though asphalt shingles are very popular, other options include wood, metal, clay, slate, composition and rubber.

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The cost of a roofing job is affected by the material of the shingles as well as the shape and condition of an existing roof. Asphalt shingles are considered a budget item. In 2015, the price of asphalt shingles was approximately $50 per square, compared to $100 or more for other materials.

Weight is another important consideration. For instance, while slate is a very durable material, it is also extremely heavy. Slate tiles can weight between 700 to 2,000 pounds per square, which requires reinforced roof framing. Slate shingles can last over 100 years, but they cost $300 to $600 per square, according to Better Homes and Gardens.

Wood, either shaker or shingle, is typically considered a very attractive roofing option. The color fades to gray or soft silver. Shingles are cut to uniform thickness, while shakers are split from logs. Wooden roofs require special installation. They should be laid over a substrate so that air can circle behind them. While fire retardant coatings improve their safety, some fire codes prohibit using wooden shingles.

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