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Atlanta roofing contractors know that finding the right roofing material involves more than selecting materials that match the home's color. The cost of the product, its weight, and the installation requirements for a home are the most important things to consider. There are a variety of roofing materials, including slate, clay tiles, asphalt, wood shingles, copper, and sheet metal. Each material has pros and cons.

Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material because they are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. They are made from fiberglass that has been impregnated with asphalt and covered with granules. They come in two types, the thinner three tab variety and the thicker laminated product. Asphalt shingles are relatively lightweight and last between 15 and 25 years.

Wood has been used as a roofing material for hundreds of years, and it is still considered a good roofing option today. Most wood shingles are made from southern Pine, Redwood, or cedar. They cannot be used in all municipalities because of fire codes. They have a life span of up to 25 years, and they provide good insulation against the cold and snow.

Metal has been used as a roofing material for centuries.

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Throughout Europe and in the United States, many governmental buildings and churches have metal roofs. Aluminum, steel, and copper are the most popular metals used in roofing. Metal roofs can be installed with shingles that are connected together with solder, or sheet metal can be used. Some copper roofs have survived for more than 150 years. This makes metal one of the most durable roofing materials.

Slate is another roofing material that is known for its durability. A slate roof will usually outlive the home that it is on. Slate comes from quarries in Vermont and Pennsylvania. Slate can be recycled, and it has a limited impact on the environment. The downside of slate is that it is expensive and heavy. Most homes will need to have their home's joists and rafters reinforced in order to support a slate roof.

Before deciding on a roofing material, it is a good idea to become familiar with the pros and cons each material offers. When considering the cost, do not only focus on the immediate investment, but think about how the cost will play out over the life of the material. Finally, speak to a professional roofer and ask them for their opinion. They will have a good idea about what materials have traditionally worked the best on a particular style of home.

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