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Roofing is, in structural terms, the crux of any building. Homes rely on well built and carefully designed roofs in order to preserve their structural integrity and to bind the materials of the home together. Depending on the size of your house, your local climate, your budget and your personal preferences, you may select any one of dozens of potential roof materials. Talking with reliable White Plains roofing contractors is a good way to start generating ideas. By the same token, it's never too early to start researching your options on your own.

While you can choose from numerous roofing options, a handful of materials are among the most popular choices. Asphalt shingles are a commonly used roofing material. By some estimates, they account for 80 percent of all domestic roofs in the United States. Other tile options include concrete, clay or plastic polymer tiles and shingles. Metal roofs also enjoy widespread popularity, whether made of steel, aluminum or copper. For more stylistic options, some homeowners opt for slate or wood shingles to achieve a rustic look on the home's exterior.

When comparing materials, one of the first variables is cost. Different forms of roofing range greatly in price, with three tab asphalt shingles costing as little as $100 per 100 square feet and slate tiles costing ten to twenty times as much.

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On the other hand, a three tab asphalt roof needs to be replaced every 15 to 20 years, while a slate roof will last over 75 years. In between those extremes, laminated asphalt tiles cost somewhat more than three tab asphalt tiles and have a longer lifespan. Metal roofing costs between $250 and $450 per 100 square feet and typically lasts 30 to 50 years. Plastic polymer or cedar shingles range from $250 to $450 for the same coverage, with the former lasting over 50 years and the latter usually no more than 25 years.

Aside from the relative cost and value of various materials, different kinds of roofs are best suited to different purposes. Metal roofs can be made of recycled materials and can resist fire and wind well. Plastic polymer can be used without trouble on highly sloped roofs and requires little maintenance. Clay tile is extremely resistant to fire and is generally long lasting. Slate tiles are among the most durable options, but require expert contractors to handle their installation. Wooden shingles offer an appealing look but have a short lifespan.

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