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Comparing Different Roofing Materials

There’s a lot to consider when you’re in the market for a new roof. The kind of material you choose is the most important factor and it is important to keep in mind that not all roofing materials are created equal.

When deciding what material you want for your roof, you’ll want to consider something that is durable, long-lasting, and of course, aesthetically pleasing. We’ll break down the list of options to help you decide which is the best route to take.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material because of their affordability. They offer a traditional look and have been a popular roofing option for many years. They are relatively simple to install and are effective for what most homeowners need. They serve their purpose and keep you and your home safe and dry.

However, there are some drawbacks that come with asphalt shingles. While they get the job done, they are not the most durable option compared to other materials we will talk about later. Shingles may become damaged during high winds and they tend to require more maintenance, such as cleaning and inspections from time to time.

Mildew tends to be a common problem with asphalt shingles. Occasional cleaning can help subdue this problem. The life expectancy of shingles is shorter than other materials – you can expect to get around 30 years out of your roof.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing boasts many benefits, including longevity – most metal roofs can last up to 40-70 years. They are also known for their safety and durability.

Like most materials, metal roofing comes with disadvantages. For one – they can be very noisy. You may want to consider adding attic insulation to solve this problem, although that comes with additional costs, on top of the already high price for metal roofing. Depending on the climate, you’ll also have to worry about the appearance degrading over time. There is also the possibility of dents during a hailstorm.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles have a unique and attractive look to them.

One of the cons with wood shingles – and perhaps the biggest – is that they are not fire resistant. Wood roofs are banned in certain areas – such as California – and insurance companies may increase the rate or not provide coverage at all.

Synthetic Slate

Synthetic slate is the superior option when it comes to the battle with authentic slate. Synthetic slate costs less to install and requires little to no maintenance.

You get that beautiful look of slate without the drawbacks of authentic slate. Plus, they perform great in storms; all of EcoStar’s synthetic slate tiles come with Class 4 impact resistance, which is the highest level of impact resistance. It can withstand the impact from a 2-inch steel ball dropped from 20 feet without splitting or tearing.

All of EcoStar’s products are also UL listed Class A or C fire resistant.

Synthetic Shake

If you desire the classic, countryside look of cedar shake, but don’t want to risk buying the natural shingles, you’re in luck. Today, we have many options for composite shake. While you can opt for natural cedar, you risk experiencing the natural decay that is bound to happen. It won’t keep its natural color over time, and the organic material is also susceptible to mold, algae, mildew, insects, rotting, warping, and fungal growth.

So, which do you choose?

When considering the best option for you, you should bear in mind all the advantages and disadvantages of each material. You also need to consider your budget.

The EcoStar team is more than happy to answer your questions about synthetic shake and synthetic slate. Don’t wait to contact us, we want to hear from you!

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