SHINGLES are the most popular roofing material in the U.S. The mass production, relatively low application cost and comparable
life expectancies of asphalt shingles provide consumers with an overall value thats tough for other roofing materials
to match. Asphalt shingles carry Class A, B or C fire ratings, with Class A providing the greatest fire resistance. In addition,
many asphalt shingles carrying a wind resistance label indicating that they have been manufactured and tested
to demonstrate acceptable resistance in high-wind locations.
Asphalt shingles can be reinforced with either organic
or fiberglass materials. A shingles reinforcement will have little effect on its appearance. Both organic and fiberglass
products are available in laminated (architectural) grades that offer a textured appearance. Zinc granules also can be applied
to either organic or fiberglass products to protect against algae (fungus) attack, a common problem in hot and humid parts
of the country. Both types of shingles are also available in a variety of colors and have warranties up to 20, 30, 40 or 50
METAL has been primarily used in commercial roofing, but many homeowners have chosen this material for
its durability, longevity, aesthetics, low-maintenance and resistance to fire, wind and adverse weather. There are two types
of metal roofing products: panels and shingles. Metal shingles typically are intended to simulate traditional roof coverings
such as wood shakes, shingles and tile. It is a lightweight material that will not decompose and come in a variety of styles
and colors. Metal roofs are known to be great insulators and can help reduce energy bills. Metal is an expensive roofing material
that comes with a 30 year, 50 year or lifetime warrantee. A common drawback of metal is denting.
SLATE is considered
indestructible but usually more expensive than other roofing materials. It comes in different colors and grades, depending
on where it was quarried Vermont, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, or Canada. Most slate roofs have warranties up
to 50 years. Many homes in the Northeast are still protected by this highly durable roofing product. Manmade, alternative
slate roofing materials are also available. They are designed to be lightweight, resistant to moisture and adverse weather.
They come in a palette of colors and look virtually like real slate. They have Class A fire ratings and are typically warranteed
up to 50 years.
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TILE (clay or concrete) is a durable but fairly expensive roofing
material. Tile comes in a vast array of styles, colors and finishes. Mission-style and Spanish round-topped
tiles are widely used in the Southwest and Florida, and flat styles also are available to create French and English looks.
Most tile roofs are capable of withstand- ing fire, wind, hail, earthquakes, snow, intense heat. This resilience enables tile
manufacturers to offer limited lifetime warranties. Although tile is typically very heavy and your house may require extra
structural reinforcement to support the load, there are lightweight alternatives that look and perform like the real thing.
SHINGLES AND SHAKES are made from cedar, southern pine redwood and other woods. Shingles are machine-sawn; shakes are hand-hewn
and rougher looking. Their natural look and rustic charm are popular in California, the Northwest, and parts of the Midwest.
Fire preservative treatment is available for brush fire prone dry belts as well as multi-family and commercial applications.
Most wood roofs are covered by warranties, whether natural, preserved, or fire treated. Some local codes limit their use since
they have a UL fire rating of Class B or C or none at all. There are synthetic alternatives that are made to look like real
wood but are much more durable and able to withstand extreme weather conditions, have Class A fire rating, and come in a variety
of colors and patterns. They also have warranties up to 50 years.