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Roof It Forward - Upgrade Your Home's Protection with Durable Roofing Materials

July 17, 2023

With your roof being the first line of defense against the outdoors, you need to have durable materials to prevent any damage. Storms, wind, and precipitation can damage your roof over time, but the stronger the material, the less likely your roof is to experience roofing damage. If you are repairing or replacing your roof, learn more about upgrading your home's protection with durable roofing materials.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is one of the longest-lasting roofing materials, with a life ranging from 50 to 100 years and warranties often lasting from 30 to 50 years. Metal shingles are durable, eco-friendly, and come in a variety of styles so you can pick the perfect metal to match your home's curb appeal.

When it comes to durability, only metal roofing can withstand wind, rain, hail, fire, and rot. Metal roofing is also energy efficient due to its ability to reflect away the sun's rays, helping lower your energy bills.

As far as cost, metal roofing is more expensive than asphalt and wood shingles, but has a higher level of protection which can prevent additional maintenance costs.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are one of the most common types of roofing materials, with almost 70% of all single-family homes in the United States having asphalt roofs. These shingles are affordable, easy to install, and easy to repair. The lifespan of asphalt shingles averages 15 to 30 years.

These shingles offer a waterproof barrier, a range of styles and colors, and durability. However, the quality of asphalt shingles varies greatly between manufacturers. While asphalt shingles are affordable, forgo the cheapest option to ensure you have a durable shingled roof.

If you are considering using asphalt shingles for your roof, consider these thoughts when choosing a shingle color.

Slate Shingles

Slate shingles are made of hard rock, making them one of the strongest and most durable types of shingles on the market. These shingles are waterproof, fireproof, and weatherproof. Slate shingles are expensive, but can last for up to 100 years if taken care of properly.

However, one large caveat is due to the weight of slate shingles, your home needs to be able to handle the weight. This requires a strong truss to be installed to be able to properly hold the weight of a shingles roof.

Before repairing or replacing your roof, you should connect with a reputable and trustworthy roofing contractor on what durable materials you can use to improve your home's protection.

ARAC Roof It Forward offers free video inspections so you can see any damage on your roof for the safety of your home. After the inspection, our trained technicians will review any damage they find, the repair options, and the associated costs. Schedule your free video inspection today.


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