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Colorado Springs Roofing: Article About Choosing The Type Of Roofing Shingles

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The most important factor in determining the cost of a new roof is the type of shingles used. Aesthetics are important; a roof is hopefully going to last for many years, and it is one of the first things that people notice about a house. However, the most eye-pleasing type of shingle may not be the wisest choice in terms of cost or the location and style of roof. A professional Colorado Springs roofing contractor will provide assistance in choosing the right roofing material to fit a homeowner's budget and taste.

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of shingles used for residential applications. Asphalt shingles are relatively expensive, but their life span of 20 to 30 years is relatively short compared to other types of shingles. Asphalt shingles come in many colors and styles but are prone to fading over time due to sun exposure. Coated asphalt shingles may meet Energy Star standards and earn the homeowner a rebate.

In general, wood shingles are more expensive than asphalt shingles. However, they generally have a life expectancy of as long as 50 years, and many homeowners prefer the natural look of wood over asphalt shingles, particularly when the home is located in a more natural setting. Wood shingles do fade over time, but the changes in coloring generally appear natural. Wood shingles also pose a danger of fire; the fire retardant applied at installation degrades over time.

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Wood shingles are also subject to mold and mildew and insect damage.

Metal roofs are also relatively inexpensive and can be expected to last up to 50 years. This combination of affordability and durability has made metal roofs more popular throughout the country. Metal roofing comes in a variety of colors and styles, allowing a homeowner to have the look of wood or slate shingles without the cost of slate or wood's susceptibility to fire, rot and insect damage. Metal shingles can be used in almost any roofing application, including curved or arched roofs that require flexibility that wood and slate cannot provide.

Slate shingles are very popular for upscale homes and homes in historic areas. Genuine slate shingles are very durable and can last up to 50 years or even longer. Slate shingles are low-maintenance and are not subject to rot or combustion. However, they are an expensive option. Synthetic state shingles are available for a lower price, but they also come with a slightly shorter life span.

Tile shingles are generally associated with Spanish-style or Mediterranean-style architecture and may last up to 80 years. However, tile shingles are the most expensive of all, and the installation costs are higher than for other shingle types as well. Another concern with tile shingles is their weight compared to the weight of other shingle types. Use of tile shingles is not an option in some cases where the supporting structure of the home is insufficient to bear the weight of the tile shingles without being compromised.

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