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Bergen County roofing contractors realize that the more knowledge a homeowner has about their roof prior to purchasing it, the happier he or she will be with the end results. It is good for homeowners to understand the differences between purchasing a metal roof, installing different types of shingles, including architectural shingles, and using other kinds of roofing material. They should be familiar with the pros and cons of each material, their durability and longevity, and how much each material will cost.

Metal roofs have long been considered a premium roofing material. Steel and aluminum are the two metals that are most commonly used in residential and commercial roofing construction. Metal roofs require little maintenance, are extremely durable, and will drastically increase the value of a home.

Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in North America. Asphalt shingles are prized for their durability, lasting for upwards of 25 years, as well as their weather resistance. Asphalt shingles are relatively inexpensive, are easy to maintain, and can be purchased in different styles and colors.

Wood shingles are also renowned for longevity, lasting from anywhere between 25 to 30 years. Most wood shingles are made from cedar or southern pine. Wood shingles do require maintenance and can be easily damaged by insects and wildlife. They are energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and able to be recycled once they have reached their life expectancy.

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Sheet metal roofing has long been used in the commercial field. Now, it is gaining in popularity among homeowners. The reason for this increased popularity is the fact that if they are well cared for, sheet metal roofs can last for up to half a century. They are expensive, but homeowners can often recoup a good portion of their investment when they resell their home or by avoiding future maintenance and replacement costs. Sheet metal roofing material is best suited for steep roofs.

Slate shingles are among the most expensive and the most durable roofing material on the market. It is not uncommon for slate roofs to last for more than 150 years. Slate roofing material is expensive, costing more than $900 per square to purchase. Slate material is exceptionally heavy, so it will not work well with all roofs. Homeowners who want the appearance of slate without the expense should consider a synthetic slate roof. This option has the same appearance and is less expensive, but it has a shorter life span.

Choosing the right material for a roof can be a challenge. However, with a little research, homeowners can arm themselves with the knowledge they need to be happy with the roof they have installed.

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