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When building a new home, there are many elements to consider. One of the elements that has a significant impact on the aesthetic appearance of the home is the roof. Atlanta roofing companies can construct roofs of many different materials, each of which has its own distinct style. However, there are pros and cons to each type of roofing material, and there are several factors homeowners should take into consideration when selecting a roofing material for their homes.

Perhaps one of the biggest determining factors in the type of roofs that homeowners invest in is the cost. Homeowners should examine their budgets first and foremost to determine what they can afford to spend on their roofs before ever even looking at materials. When working up a budget, the cost of the materials as well as the shape of the roof must be taken into consideration since some roof shapes are more difficult to cover than others and will cost more in labor.

Homeowners should also take into consideration how durable they want their roofs to be. Homeowners who don't want to have to repair or replace their roofs often might want to consider more durable options. Generally, asphalt shingles tend to be the most inexpensive and popular option for roofs.

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It doesn't require as much skill to install them as it does to install some other types of shingles, so the labor is less expensive as well. Homeowners who are looking for the most durable types of roofs might want to consider opting for metal or slate roofs instead though since they are much more durable than asphalt shingles. Slate is the most durable type of roofing material available on the market, but it's also the most expensive. Tile and cement roofs are extremely durable as well, and while wood roofs are durable too, they are the least fire resistant of all the shingle types.

Before roof shingles are put on homes, a building felt is usually put on first. Most materials require only building felt, but for cedar shakes, furring strips might also have to be laid to allow room for the shakes to breathe. The geographic area in which homeowners live can also affect the price of their roofing materials. Colder regions might need to have snow and ice shields laid before installing the roofs.

An ideal way to determine what roofing material to put on a home is to examine the allotted budget and then look at the types of roofing materials used on similar homes in the geographical region. For homeowners remodeling a home, the existing roof will most likely determine the new roofing material used since the architecture of the roof must also be taken into consideration.

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