River Oaks Roofing: Article About Slate Alternatives

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One of the oldest materials used for roofing is slate. It is strong, durable and fire resistant. Unfortunately, it is also the heaviest and most expensive roofing material in use. Because people have come to love the look of slate, many products are made to imitate its look and properties. Homeowners who are interested in a slate alternative for their home can consult a knowledgeable River Oaks roofing contractor about the best roofing materials for their homes.

Composite shingles, or asphalt shingles, have been in use for over 100 years in North America. Because of competition from other roofing materials, they have recently undergone innovations in the manufacturing process. They are now made to look like a variety of other roofing materials, such as shakes or slate. Choosing asphalt shingles with a slate look gives homeowners all the benefits of composite shingles with the added beauty of a slate roof. Asphalt shingles are easy to install and maintain and are very affordable.

Fiber cement shingles are an engineered product made from Portland cement, sand, pigment and fibers. Their fiber content allows them to be thin and flexible. Fiber cement products are fireproof, impact resistant and last for decades. It is not uncommon for roofers to offer 30 or 50 year warranties on this type of material.

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While it is a bit more expensive than asphalt, the warranty often makes the price per year of a fiber cement roof less than the price per year of asphalt.

Metal roofing has undergone a transformation since the days of the rusty barn roof and is growing in popularity as an attractive roofing option. Today, sheets of stainless steel are coated with metal alloys to improve corrosion resistance. They are pressed over forms or stamped out and painted to imitate almost every other type of roofing product. Metal tiles that resemble slate are a very popular alternative to the material itself because they are as durable as slate, yet they weigh about as much as composite shingles. Some roofing companies offer a warranty that transfers to the home's next owner.

Rubber roofs are a relatively new addition to the roofing industry. Rubber roofing tiles are made by melting recycled tires and then molding them into the shape of slate roofing tiles. They are installed in much the same way as composite shingles. They typically come with a 50 year warranty. They are light and impact resistant, and rubber roofs offer great insulating properties.

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