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By Martin Kuhl Subscribe to RSS | November 28th 2011 | Views:
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Often homeowners take their roof for granted. When the houses ceiling gets leaky, that is the only time that the homeowner truly notices its imperfections.

The roofs structure and materials get weaker over time. When putting on a new roof there is a vast range of things to deliberate. Personal taste, particular weather conditions within the area and most importantly budget will all affect the choice of roofing.

Functionality comes low on the list of homeowners priorties, most choose a roof because of personal taste and budget. Though most people have an idea what materials they are going to use for the task, some are just too unrealistic for the application and weathering factors. Salesmen sometimes try to make the best sale that they can and will sometimes misinform homeowners.

Wooden shakes are available on the market and give a natural feel. A wooden shingle that is made from split logs is called a shake. Changing in colour over the years from light brown to soft grey, shakes are fairly pricey and involve high maintenance to achieve both aesthetics and functionality. Wooden shakes should be treated to become fireproof, and with regular maintenance can last a lifetime.

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

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

Clay or plastic finish roof tiles are enormously popular. Roofing tiles are pretty much maintenance-free, which is why they prove so popular. Both clay roof tiles and concrete tiles normally last a lifetime, and with durable and fireproof qualities they are a popular roofing material. Handmade clay roof tiles give a look and effect to your property that cannot be copied with any other roofing product as clay is so versatile. 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 huge 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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To download a copy of the good roofing guide or for more information on handmade clay roof tiles visit www.keymer.co.uk.

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