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The roof of a home or business is an important aspect of protecting the people and property inside. To ensure that this happens, the owners need to choose the material that best fits the climate of the area and their goals for energy efficiency. After deciding from a list of materials, the owners can hire Houston roofing professionals to complete the installation.

Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used type of material that residents and businesses order. They are low in cost, easy to install and durable. Organic shingles are made with a mix of asphalt, ceramic and paper while fiberglass shingles are made with glass fiber that is coated with asphalt and waterproofing filler. Although the fiberglass variety may cost more than the organic, it's more fire resistant. Either variety lasts at least 20 years with regular maintenance, but they are vulnerable to significant differences in temperature that can cause warping and other damage. In general, they last longer in cooler climates.

Wood shakes or shingles deliver a classic, beautiful appearance because they are cut from cedar trees, and as shakes age and weather, they take on new tones. The difference is that shakes are split from blocks of wood by hand, and shingles are machine cut. Either cut, however, has be performed with precision, making this type of roofing material more expensive than others.

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The life expectancy of wood shakes and shingles is 30 to 50 years.

Metal roofing can be made from copper, stainless steel, corrugated iron and other metals. Large sheets of metal have risen in popularity because they are durable and easy to install. Although metal roofs don't require a lot of maintenance, they are known to last for more than 100 years when maintained regularly. They are resistant to fire, strong winds, snow and hail, and they naturally reflect the sun's heat so that the interiors of buildings remain cooler, reducing energy costs. However, they are more expensive than asphalt shingles.

Clay tiles are generally made with clay and sometimes concrete or sand, but they can be made to look like wood shingles. They are one of the most durable roofing options, lasting 50 years or longer with regular maintenance. Clay tiles are ideal for sunny climates because the sun's rays don't cause them damage, and variations can offer better fire resistance. However, the roofing material is heavy, requiring extra structural support for some homes. Also, owners have to have the underlaying material replaced every 10 to 20 years, adding to the already expensive price of the tiles.

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