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When homeowners inquire of Atlanta roofing contractors about the possibility of repairing or replacing their roofs, they may learn about the importance of choosing the right material. Roofs can be made out of everything from asphalt shingles to wood shakes, and each material comes with its own benefits. Homeowners should familiarize themselves with the most common types in order to make an informed decision.

Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing on residential structures. They are usually made of either fiberglass or a paper fiber mat. They're topped with asphalt and mineral granules and come in both tabs and thicker, laminated models. The largest benefit to this type of shingle is that it's one of the most inexpensive types and has good fire and wind resistance.

Metal roofs are another popular type of roofing that more homeowners are beginning to use. Metal roofs are more expensive than asphalt ones, but they tend to last longer and are much more wind resistant. They are available in sheet or shingle styles and can be installed with either hidden or exposed fasteners. They tend to be more durable than asphalt shingles as well. The cost of metal roofs can vary depending material. Metal roofs are available in materials such as aluminum, steel, zinc alloy and copper.

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Wood shingles are usually made of cedar, and they give homes a natural aesthetic appearance. They wither to a silvery gray color over time, which is a look that some homeowners desire. Although they offer good wind resistance, wood shingles have low fire resistance unless they are specially treated for it. The pricing for this type of roof tends to be moderate, but wood roofs also tend to have a shorter lifespan than some other types of roofs, so homeowners must also factor in the cost of repairs and maintenance.

Slate is one of the oldest types of roofing materials, so homeowners wanting a traditional, historic look for their homes tend to favor this material. Slate is brittle and expensive, but it is also highly durable and both wind and fire resistant. Slate roofs are usually dark grey in color and must be installed by specially trained workers. The labor intensive process of installing a slate roof is part of what lends to the expense of it. However, once homeowners install slate roofs on their homes, they likely won't have to worry about replacing their roofs in their lifetimes.

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