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The roofing system on your home can contribute to your exterior decor in a number of ways. Color choices and materials can make subtle differences in the appearance of your home; for example, unique shingle designs can add intrigue and elegance. If you are looking for something that will stand out, it's helpful to consult with a Bergen County roofing professional in order to gain access to the latest choices in the industry. Your contractor can also help you consider how to get a longer life out of your next roofing system while also pointing out options for excellent energy performance.

While asphalt or ceramic shingles may be standard choices for topping a roof, metal roofing is becoming increasingly popular. The type of metal selected may be determined by your climate as some materials may be more prone to rusting than others. Additionally, it's helpful to note that some metals provide better energy performance when they are left in an unpainted state. However, aluminum still performs well when painted in a variety of colors. In fact, the ability to coat aluminum roofing with even dark colors and still achieve excellent energy efficiency makes it an outstanding choice.

Stone-coated metal roofing products provide additional durability along with numerous decorative options.

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Metal tends to weigh less than traditional shingles, and in many cases, impact resistance levels are significant enough to earn discounts on a homeowner's insurance policy. At the same time, products are engineered with amazing decorative choices that can provide a distinctive look to a home.

Those who love the look of wood shingles may wonder if this is an option for installation in a modern home. Today's wood shakes and shingles are pressure treated to eliminate air from the structure of each piece, affecting the availability of oxygen that would otherwise promote rapid burning. Additionally, fire retardant materials are used to treat these units. It's important to consult with a roofing contractor if this is the desired decorative effect so that an appropriate fire rating can be achieved if actual wood materials will be used. It's also helpful to explore options that closely resemble wood shingles while providing the safety benefits of less flammable materials.

Selection of a material for your roof should include concerns about longevity as well. For example, metal and concrete products can be expected to perform well for up to 50 years. Asphalt products, while available in more diverse color choices, can be short-lived in comparison. You may only expect 14 to 30 years of performance from such shingles based on design factors. Refinishing your roof will also involve more than just the replacement of the top materials; it's important that the underlayment be updated as well, so you can expect all components of the system to last.

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