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Austin Roofing: Article About Best Roofing For Conventional Roofs

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The majority of residential homes have conventionally sloped roofs, which means their pitch is greater than 4:12. Because of the steep angle of the roof and its ability to shed snow, water and ice quickly, homeowners are able to choose between a variety of Austin roofing materials, including fiberglass, organic and wood shingles, metal, tile and slate.

Organic shingles are comprised of layers. The first layer is usually constructed out of recycled felt paper. The second layer is asphalt, which is used for waterproofing, and the third layer is made up of ceramic granules, which helps protect the shingles from UV light. Fiberglass shingles are constructed in the same manner as organic shingles except for the initial layer, which is manufactured from fiberglass. Fiberglass shingles typically have a longer lifespan than organic shingles, but both can be purchased in 15 to 30 year lifespans.

Wood shingles and shakes are a beautiful and durable alternative to organic and fiberglass shingles. They are typically constructed out of red cedar or redwood. Homeowners can expect their wood roof to last between 30 and 50 years with minimal regular maintenance. The only downside is the initial installation cost because wood is considered a premium material.

Metal roofs can be purchased in a variety of styles and colors.

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They can be manufactured to resemble shingle, wood, stone and clay roofs as well as corrugated and standing seam. They are fire resistant and shed water, snow and ice quickly. Metal roofs have an average lifespan of between 20 and 50 years. The only downside is cost since metal roofing is considered a premium material, especially if it is purchased in copper.

Clay tile roofs are exceptionally durable and can add style and curb appeal to a home. Tiles have an expected lifespan of up to 50 years with regular maintenance. They are more expensive to install than shingles and are heavy, which means installing them could require the installation of additional supports.

Slate roofs can last up to 100 years with proper installation and maintenance. They are one of the most durable roofing products on the market. Slate roofs have been known to outlast the building beneath them. They can also be recycled into other slate products once the building has seen the end of its useful life. Only contractors that have extensive experience in installing slate roofs should be hired, and the roof should be inspected prior to installation to ensure it is able to support the weight.

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