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When a homeowner is planning to build a brand new home, there are several different types of roofing options available. While new home builders are working with a blank slate, homeowners looking to replace the roof on their existing property also have a range of choices. The appearance of the new roof might be foremost in a homeowner's mind, but the cost, functionality and durability of each type of roofing system should be carefully considered before making a final decision. A Denver roofing contractor can assist the homeowner in making the right choice.

Asphalt shingles cover the rooftops of nearly four out of five homes in the United States. This type of roofing is relatively inexpensive and easy to install. It's also reasonably fire resistant, lightweight and waterproof, and comes available in a variety of colors and textures. One downside to this material is that it's capable of blowing off in high winds, and it may not hold up very well over time, especially when exposed to strong sunlight.

Wood roofing provides a more natural, rustic look to a home, and it's typically used in the form of wood shingles or shakes. Wood roofing is factory treated for fire resistance. However, wood roofing is not permitted in some areas of the country that are prone to forest fires.

Tile roofing is a classic roofing material that is typically made from clay or concrete.

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This roofing type is long lasting and holds up well under a hot summer sun, unlike asphalt tiles that can crack or warp in extremely hot and dry climates. It's perseverance in hot temperatures is why tile roofing is so popular in areas like California and Arizona. The downside to roofing tiles is that they are heavier than other roofing materials, and the home will need additional reinforcement to support this type of roof. Some homes may simply not be able to support the weight of tile roofing.

Slate is considered an upscale choice due to its appearance and cost. It offers a natural look and is very long lasting. Some slate tiles can last up to 200 years. Its benefits include a good selection of colors, fire protection and resistance to pests and rot, although it is limited to the colors found in nature. The downside, aside from cost, is similar to that of clay and concrete tiles. The weight of the slate can require the installation of an expensive network of extra supporting elements in the roofing system.

Most homeowners want a roof that's affordable, low maintenance and long lasting. However, most roofs are repaired, or even replaced, every 10 years. By thoughtfully choosing the home's roofing material, a homeowner can achieve substantial savings in the long run.

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