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Wilmington Roofing: Article About Slate, Metal, Asphalt and Rubber Shingles

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It is probable that homeowners will have to update their roofs with new shingles at one point or another. There are many different factors that can influence the shingle's longevity, beyond just their estimate lifespan. Inclement weather patterns such as heavy rains, high winds, ice dams and snow accumulation can each take their toll on the shingles, because they are the most exposed portion of the roofing system. Because certain types of shingles work better in certain climates, homeowners are encouraged to consult with a Wilmington Roofing professional when trying to determine which type might best accommodate their roof.

Slate shingles can last for well over a century, and they are a low maintenance roofing solution. Because they are very heavy, roofing contractors might have to reinforce the roof before installing them. The shingles are more expensive than asphalt shingles, but they feature an attractive aesthetic, excellent fire and wind resistance and enhanced durability.

Rubber shingles are one of the newest additions to the roofing product market. They weigh around one third of the weight of slate shingles, which allows roofing contractors to be able to install them without having to first reinforce the roof. Most rubber shingles feature at least a 30 year warranty; some feature 50 year warranties. The shingles are more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles, but the extra costs are absorbed throughout the years because they do not require repairs as often.

The roofing experts at The Roof Maker of Wilmington NC can assist you with any questions regarding asphalt shingle roofing or metal roofing.

Asphalt shingles are the most commonly installed type, and en estimated 80 percent of homes in the United States have them. Since there are so many design options to choose from, they easily adapt to any style of house. They are relatively easy to install, and they tend to cost less than most other types of shingles. They typically suffer the most damage from the elements, but newer versions of the shingles are available for purchase that carry higher wind classification ratings and fire resistance ratings.

Metal shingles cost more than both asphalt and rubber shingles, but they offer enhanced protection against weather damage. Most types are constructed from aluminum or galvanized steel. The shingles are corrosion and rust resistant, and a metal shingle roof can last a lifetime. They feature Class A fire ratings, making them one of the most flame resistant products on the market. They are also an environmentally friendly product because they are constructed from recycled materials, and the shingles can be installed directly on top of existing shingles as long as they are in adequate condition. Metal shingles do require very specific installation practices, so it is imperative that the roofing contractor has adequate experience in working with the product.

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