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Elk Grove Roofing: Article About Picking The Right Roofing Materials

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When an old roof starts showing signs of wear and tear, irreparable leaks, curling shingles, inefficiency or other structural damage, it's time to call upon a reputable Elk Grove roofing company for a replacement. After finding the right contractor, the next hard step is to navigate through the range of roofing options to pick the best materials. A roof is a large investment, so it's important that homeowners get the best bang for their buck and maximize their return by doing their homework on roof materials. Many factors should be considered when selecting a roofing system.

Since a home's roof is visible from virtually every angle, the appearance of the roofing materials will dramatically impact the decision making process. Homeowners should choose a roofing color, type and texture that aligns with their house's exterior style. For instance, it would look silly putting wood shingles on a Spanish or Mediterranean style home. Pick a material that fits the overall vernacular of the home's design. It would also be beneficial for homeowners living in year round hot climates to stick with lighter color choices.

Of course, roofing cost plays a prominent role in the decision. By far, asphalt composition shingles are the least expensive roofing option available for an affordable purchase and install.

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Asphalt shingles are the cheapest option, but they'll need to be replaced more frequently. If possible, it may be smart to invest in more expensive options like clay tiles because they are more durable.

Another important factor is the roof's slope. Some low slopes will automatically eliminate certain roofing options. The slope is calculated as the number of inches it rises for every 12 inches of horizontal run. Most shingles, tiles, and slate roofing materials can be used on roofs with a 4 in 12 or steeper slope. However, roofs that are very flat will need to be topped with seamless roofing materials like tar and gravel or sprayed polyurethane foam. Otherwise, the roof is prone to pooling water and springing costly leaks.

Homeowners should also play close attention to other important considerations, such as their city's climate, the roofing material's weight and the roofing's expected lifespan. In California, it's wise to also learn about each material's fire ratings to ensure the roof will have a line of defense against spreading flames. Every material has its own unique advantages and potential drawbacks, so consulting with a trained roofing contractor on the decision is helpful.

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