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Types of Roofing

What types of roofs are available?

Roofing is made of several different materials. Currently, asphalt shingle is the most common roofing material in the United States. However, in the Southwestern United States, tile roofs are most common. While wood shake and slate roofs are the most expensive, they will last longer than asphalt or flat roofs.

Asphalt Shingle Roof

The Good:

- Very affordable, fits in any budget
- Easy to install
- Wide selection of colors

The Bad:

- Can be damaged by severe weather
- Will not last as long as slate
- Potential for moisture problems

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Tile Roof

The Good:

- Durable
- Low maintenance
- Clay and concrete options available

The Bad:

- Expensive
- Heavy (costly to install)
- Can be very fragile
- Roof will outlast the underlayment

Wood Shake Roof

The Good:

- Traditional look that can’t be replicated
- Durable, strong
- Cedar and some other woods have natural rot resistance

The Bad:

- Expensive
- Requires regular maintenance
- Flammable if not treated
- Vulnerable to insect damage

Metal Roof

The Good:

- Extremely durable
- Fire-resistant
- Very low maintenance
- Typically lightweight

The Bad:

- May rust or dent
- Can be very expensive

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Flat Roof

The Good:

- Inexpensive
- Easy to access, easy to clean
- Potential for rooftop patio or garden

The Bad:

- Short lifespan
- Prone to leaks and moisture issues
- Requires periodic maintenance

Natural Slate Roof

The Good:

- Can last 100+ years
- Mold and mildew will not be a problem
- No issues with insects or pests

The Bad:

- Very expensive
- Very heavy, difficult installation
- Cannot handle hail or heavy foot traffic

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