Wood And Slate — 2 Great Roofing Materials


Is your roof outdated? Does it look a little crusty? Is it leaking? Worst of all, are the shingles fall off of it? If you answered yes to any — or all — of these questions, it's time to take action. There's never been a better time to invest in a new roof. In fact, in many states and cities, you can earn tax rebates by investing in eco-friendly and solar roofing materials. This article looks at two of the most popular roofing materials that are being used on new homes. It should help you decide whether or not one of these new materials is right for your roof replacement.

1. Wood Shingles

Wood has been a roofing material since the dawn of time. However, the wood used in residential roofing these days is far more than just lumber. In addition to a plethora of composite wood roofing options, there are more and more real wood products to choose from. In fact, modern wood roofing products employ a variety of treatments and conditioners that reinforce the wood. These special treatments mean that modern wood shingles are less susceptible to fading, warping, or any type of damage. They are going to last much longer and need much less maintenance. A modern wood shingle product can last well over 40 years with very little upkeep or cleaning during this period. Of course, this span will vary depending on the climate that you live in. In cold and wet climates, wood doesn't last quite as long.

2. Slate

If you are looking for something that will last even longer than wood, then slate is hard to beat. It is another natural material that can last over 150 years. That means your slate will probably outlast the rest of your house. Slate is a heavy stone that looks natural but also has a sleek style that can add a lot of value to your home. But slate is not ideal for every house. In fact, it has such a strong style that it might look out of place on certain types of homes. For instance, don't expect to see slate on a craftsman or mid-century modern style home. Slate costs much more than wood, but you should factor in the longevity and low maintenance when determining the long-term cost. You also need to think about how much value it can add to your home in the long run.

To learn more, contact your local residential roof replacement services.


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