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Northern Kentucky Roofers: Article About Top Roofing Materials

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It's no secret that homeowners have a lot of options when choosing a roof covering. Regardless of their budget or personal taste, there is a roofing material out there that fits their needs. Despite this, there are a handful of roof coverings that are consistently chosen more than others. Here are some of the top roofing materials that homeowners should consider when hiring Northern Kentucky roofers to replace their roofs.

There is no better way to start this list than with the king of all roofing materials: asphalt shingles. For decades, asphalt shingles have been the most common roofing material in the United States. This is partially thanks to their low cost and relatively long lifespan. Asphalt shingles are also available in a wide range of colors and styles, which can give homes unique appearances. It's not uncommon for these shingles to last upwards of 25 years when a professional properly cares for them.

Two other popular types of roofing materials are concrete and clay tiles. While more expensive than asphalt shingles, they last nearly twice as long with an average lifespan of around 50 years. Clay and concrete tiles are durable and energy-efficient thanks to their ability to allow for maximum airflow between the roof covering and the roofing deck. Unfortunately, some older homes require additional framing to support the added weight of clay or concrete tiles.

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Other than that, these are excellent choices for homeowners looking for long-lasting roof coverings.

Since 2000, metal roofs have been one of the fastest growing options in the industry, partly because of their falling price and long lifespan. When maintained yearly, metal roofs can last upwards of 75 years, which is longer than even clay tiles. Metal roofs also look good with a variety of home architecture from cottage-style to contemporary. Metal roofs are also energy-efficient, reflecting the sun's harmful solar rays which can keep homes cooler during hot summers. Metal roofs are also lightweight and usually don't require additional framing, making them perfect for both old and new homes.

The longest lasting roofing material on this list is slate. This natural roof covering can last upwards of 100 years, making it a highly sought-after feature for homebuyers. Slate roofs are naturally beautiful, fire resistant and recyclable. The biggest pitfall of a slate covering is that it's heavy, so older homes must have additional structural support if a slate roof is to be installed. While slate is expensive up front, homeowners end up saving money in the long run because of the longevity of the material.

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