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According to NRCA statistics, standard asphalt shingles, such as three tab shingles, are the most common roofing material in the U.S. A roofing material that's begun to close that gap in the last couple of decades is architectural shingles. Also called dimensional or laminated, architectural shingles are similar to standard asphalt shingles in many ways but more decorative and longer lasting. Although more expensive, Austin roofing professionals will often recommend laminated shingles because the expected lifespan is greater, and that can make the choice more economical over the long term.

The basic asphalt shingles available today will last about 20 years in optimal conditions, and the average manufacturer warranty extends 10 to 15 years, which reflects expectancy in usual conditions. Modified bitumen is another form of asphalt that last 20 years with relative ease and is even cheaper than asphalt shingles, but it lacks aesthetic appeal and is therefore not as popular for residential usage. Architectural asphalt shingles can last upward of 50 years and usually come with warranties that extend 25 to 40 years.

Many homeowners opt for a wood rather than asphalt roofing material. Cedar shingles or shake, for instance, are beautiful and provide a home a distinct look.

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Architectural shingles and some faux materials can mimic the style, but it's never the same as having an actual wood roof on a home. Wood shingles also have the advantage of lasting about 30 years on average, which makes it comparable to architectural shingles. The downside to wood is the initial expense as well as the maintenance required, which can increase the total cost of ownership substantially.

Slate is even longer lasting than wood. In fact, it is not unusual for a slate roof to last a century or longer, which is incredible. Slate tiles also require very little maintenance, which is a big plus compared to wood. Nevertheless, slate can cost five times or more as much as wood, and since slate adds significant weight, it can require additional structural support that drives those prices up even further.

Faux roofing materials, such as those that mimic slate and wood, have become increasingly popular because of lowering costs and advancements in manufacturing these composite materials. Simulated slate, for instance, usually lasts longer than 20 years, looks close to the real deal and costs significantly less than an actual slate roof. Another option that has become trendy is green roofs, which are covered with vegetation and relatively inexpensive, but they often require a lot of maintenance and may need an extensive overhaul every four decades or so.

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