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With wood, slate, tile, asphalt, metal and even solar shingles, homeowners today are provided with more roofing options than ever before. Unfortunately, the wide variety of materials can make it difficult to find the right type for one's home. Northern Kentucky roofers can assist in choosing the appropriate roofing materials, but homeowners should understand the pros and cons of each option before making a decision.

By far, the most popular roofing material is the standard asphalt shingle. It's one of the most affordable roofing options, and with an average lifespan of 20 to 30 years, it provides excellent value. Asphalt shingles are also easy to install, so they cost less up front. Additionally, some asphalt shingles are available with a specialized cool-roof coating that reflects more of the sun's energy and reduces cooling costs during warmer weather. On the negative side, however, asphalt shingles can be damaged by extreme temperature fluctuations and offer little resistance to wind, hail and other environmental stresses.

Wood shakes and shingles are, for good reason, among the oldest roofing materials. For many homeowners, wood shingles or shakes are the most aesthetically appealing roof option available. With a typical lifespan ranging from 30 to 50 years depending on the wood used, wood roofs also offer longevity.

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However, wood is somewhat more expensive and requires more maintenance than an asphalt roof. Wood is also more flammable, so it's not ideal for properties in fire-prone areas.

For homeowners who desire the best in longevity, slate roofing offers superior durability and an average lifespan of well over 50 years. In fact, some slate roofs last well beyond a century without losing their functionality. Slate is very resistant to damage from the elements, and with an extremely low water absorption index, it's highly impermeable and less susceptible to water and ice damage. However, slate is also among the most expensive options, and its difficult installation process may produce much higher initial costs. Slate is also very heavy and may not be appropriate for all structures.

One option that has become increasingly popular in recent years is the metal roof. Because of its ability to resist water, ice, wind, fire, mold, insects and other environmental elements, metal roofing offers superior durability and longevity. The typical lifespan for a properly installed metal roof is 40 to 70 years, but many of them last even longer. Metal is also substantially lighter than slate or tile, and it can be installed on either very shallow or very steep pitches. Metal roofing is somewhat more expensive than asphalt, but the cost is generally lower than slate or tile. Some homeowners also find metal roofing unappealing aesthetically.

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