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When a homeowner needs a Grand Rapids roofing contractor to replace their roof, they should know what roofing materials are available to choose from. It's important to note that some roofing materials work best on specific types of roofs. However, the roofing contractor can help the homeowner decide the best match for his or her home. Below are some of the most common materials used in roofing projects.

Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material. They are also the least expensive and require the least skill to install. Asphalt is made of a fiberglass medium, and these shingles have a granulated surface similar to the texture of sand. Two forms of asphalt shingles exist. One is a standard, single thickness. Then, there are thicker, laminated products. The standard version costs half of what the laminated version costs.

Wood has been the main roofing choice for centuries. Unfortunately, there are some areas where fire codes prohibit its use. A homeowner will want to check with their municipality before installing a wood roof on their home. Wood roofs are usually made of cedar, redwood, or southern pine. They last about 25 years, similar to the lifespan of a roof equipped with asphalt shingles, but they cost twice as much.

Metal is also a popular roofing choice. Aluminum, steel, copper and lead are all durable materials.

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However, they are also expensive. Lead and copper are often used to create shingles. Other metal varieties are manufactured for seamed roofs that consist of vertical lengths of metal. These are joined with a solder.

Tile and cement can also be used for a roof. Usually set up in half cylinders, tile roofs are commonly featured on Spanish Colonial and Mission style homes. Cement and some metals can mimic the wavy effect a tile roof can produce. These are expensive materials that are very durable but also very heavy. They are not recommended for most homes.

Finally, there's slate. Slate is one of the most durable roofing materials. Slate comes from a wide variety of places. It can be recycled and is expected to outlast the fasteners that hold it in place. For example, hundred year old slate is often used for a roofing reinstallation. The material is expected to last for at least another century. The downside is that slate comes at a steep price.

A homeowner has a considerable amount of options when it comes to choosing roofing materials. However, residents should ask their roofing contractor about what material works best in the Grand Rapids area and for their home. It's important to install the right material on a roof so that it can experience an extended lifespan and provide the home with the coverage it needs.

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