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By Douglas Ciricillo Subscribe to RSS | November 29th 2011 | Views:

A house's roof is frequently taken for granted by homeowners. When the houses ceiling gets leaky, that is the only time that the homeowner truly sees its imperfections.

The roofs structure and materials become weaker over time. There a huge range of stuff to deliberate when putting a roof on an existing or new house or structure. Personal taste, particular weather conditions within the area and most importantly budget will all affect the choice of roofing.

Most homeowners put personal taste and budget above functionality and other factors. Although most people have an idea what materials they are going to employ for the task, some are just too unrealistic for the application and weathering factors. And from time to time homeowners are misinformed by salesmen promoting the best sale on their own behalf.

For a natural feel, wooden shakes are available on the market. A shake is a basic wooden shingle that is made from split logs. Shakes are moderately pricey and change in colour over the years from light brown to soft grey but require high maintenance to achieve both aesthetics and functionality. Wooden shakes can last a lifetime with regular maintenance, although they ought be treated to become fireproof.

Another reliable roofing material to use is slate. Lasting a generation, slates are very sturdy, however they can be very heavy and could demand extra expensive support. Slate has an extremely low water absorption index and is fire resistance. Its low tendency to absorb water also makes it really resistant to frost damage and breakage due to freezing.

If you ask any roofing company they will inform you that the most commonly used choice of roofing is asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are covered in granules and either has a rustic or smooth look to them. Asphalt shingles are not expensive and very effortless to mend, however do not necessarily meet the homeowners aesthetic standards.

Tile roofing is exceedingly popular, with either clay or plastic finishes. Roofing tiles are almost maintenance-free, which is why they prove so popular. Both clay roof tiles and concrete tiles normally last a lifetime, and with hard-wearing and fireproof qualities they are a popular roofing material. Clay is so versatile and handmade clay roof tiles give a look and effect to your property that cannot be copied with any other roofing product. It is wise to take advice from professionals as they come in all sorts of sizes, colours and shapes which make them tricky to install.

There is a vast range of roofing products out on the market today, so that you can make the correct decision first time it is worth researching the pros and cons of each. Homeowners make the mistake that budget comes before any other decision, but if the roofing does not match the look and feel of the home then perhaps the decision was taken too lightly.

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