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Pros and Cons of Various Roofing Materials

If your roof is aging and the need for a replacement is coming due, you have several decisions that will need to be made. What color roof do you want? Who will you hire as your contractor? And, especially, what type of roofing material do you want to use?

For help answering this last question, you can check out a great article by Joe Cuhaj of Today’s Homeowners with Danny Lipford® entitled How to Choose a Roof for Your Home. In this article, Cuhaj discusses a number of pros and cons of several different types of roofing materials.  Some examples include:

  • Asphalt composition shingles: These are the most popular choice of roofing material. They are petroleum-based, so they are not eco-friendly, but they can be recycled. They can be used on steeper sloped roofs, they offer good fire and wind resistance and they are relatively inexpensive. However, they are not very durable.
  • Metal roofs: These roofs, while more expensive than asphalt, are highly wind resistant. They are eco-friendly because they can be made using recycled materials and they can lower your cooling costs as they do not absorb much heat. They are lightweight, durable and offer good fire and wind resistance. However they are moderate to high in cost.
  • Wood shingles and shakes:  These roofs are made with rot-resistant wood but, unless they are treated, they offer little in the way of fire resistance.  These roofs offer a natural look for your home, are eco-friendly and offer good wind resistance. However, they are moderately expensive and tend to have a short lifespan with periodic maintenance required.

You can learn much more about these and other roof types by reading the full article here.  Or, you can contact the roofing experts at Baltic Home Improvement to schedule a free consultation and get an estimate for your roofing job. BHI is a leading contractor in the southwestern Chicago suburbs and we have more than 10 years of proven experience. Contact us today to learn more.

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