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Asphalt shingles vs. wood shingles

Whether you are putting a new roof on an existing structure or planning roofing materials for a new house, you will eventually run up against the choice of which type of shingle to use. For many people, the choice comes down to asphalt shingles or wood shingles. Wood shingles provide a more traditional look, while asphalt shingles are less expensive. In the end, the choice often comes down to the individual building aesthetic and your budget.
Wood shingles have been used for centuries and are often associated with historic buildings. If you are restoring an older structure, wood shingles might provide the look you want. Although the roofing costs tend to be higher for wood shingles, the end result can increase property values.
Disadvantages of wood shingles:

  • Higher roofing costs
  • Higher fire risk if not treated
  • May increase homeowner’s insurance
  • More prone to insect damage than asphalt shingles

Because they are assembled as individual pieces, wood shingles are considered easy-install roofing. The shingles do not interlock, so they are simple to fix or replace in case of damage. If you live in an area with high winds, this easy replacement can lead to savings over time. In addition, they are lightweight and gain a pleasing weathered look over the years.

Advantages of wood shingles:

  • Unique appearance
  • Blend in with natural surroundings
  • Extra insulation for your roof
  • May lead to lower heating and cooling costs

Advantages of asphalt shingles:

  • Longer warranties
  • Lower costs
  • Easy installation (for architectural asphalt shingles)
  • Numerous options for colors and finishes

 Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing options for modern builders. Roofing estimates for asphalt shinglesare usually lower because the materials cost less. Most new buildings use asphalt shingles, which results in a homogenous look. If you are planning for a more distinctive design, you may need to pay more for the more expensive architectural shingles.

There are two main types of asphalt shingles: 3-tab and architectural. Architectural shingles are more expensive but offer a longer service life and a more aesthetic appearance. Asphalt 3-tab shingles are single pieces made to look like three separate shingles. With either type, you can enjoy benefits in terms of extended lifetime and durability.

Disadvantages of asphalt shingles:

  • Installation must be precise for three-tab asphalt shingles
  • Provides a standardized look
  • Wide range of lifetime expectancies
  • More prone to wind damage

Laminate Shingles

These shingles are heavier (triple layered) laminate and are the top of the line in composite shingles. They are thicker and physically larger than standard laminated shingles and often have extra features like moss retardants and modified asphalts incorporated in to them. These shingles can carry 50 years to a lifetime warranty.

Composite roofing shingles are easy to install, can fit most any budget, are weather resistant and long lasting, and come in a wide variety of colors. There are some drawbacks to this type of shingle, such as being petroleum based and heat absorbent, making them low in energy efficiency.

If you are planning on re-roofing and your present roofing materials are asphalt, don’t dispose of the shingles in a landfill. Asphalt shingles can be ground up and turned into pavement and patch material for potholes, sidewalks, ramps, and bridges. Feel free to give us a call and we can help you with any questions you may have.

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Genuine Slate Roofing

Genuine slate roofing can be a good choice for home roofing. It is a natural material that is rigid and strong, and depending on where it was quarried, the quality, color and longevity will vary. It is fireproof, strong enough to resist a hail storm, and is aesthetically appealing.

Its natural beauty will enhance the beauty and value of your home, the most common colors being tan, black, gray, red, purple, or green. The colors vary according to the various minerals found in it.

Along with its long durability and low maintenance, genuine slate roofing also:

  • Does not stain
  • Does not require a sealant
  • Resists chipping and cracking
  • Comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and patterns
  • Offers warmth and elegance
  • Provides unsurpassed insulation from heat and cold
  • Resists acid and pollutants

Roofing slates are manufactured from natural stone. Slate is metamorphic rock that formed under intense heat and pressure underground. As stone, it is very hard and will not saturate with water, and is completely fireproof. Yet it has a characteristic that allows it to be split into thin pieces that become roofing slates.  Since slate is stone, it is impervious to weather, sun, hot and cold, so you can expect a slate roof to last a very long time.

Low overall cost of ownership

Because of its longevity, slate is very cost effective over the life of the roof.  Not only is the stone naturally highly rugged, it is very resistant to mold, mildew and other sources of contamination. Maintenance costs are therefore minimal.

Adding value to a property

Using the highest quality materials nearly always enhances the value of a building. Slate is no exception to this rule. A slate roof is not only highly respected for its “once-in-a-lifetime” investment, its aesthetic appeal can also be an important factor in building valuation.

Slate will last a lifetime, so should the installation

A slate roof should be associated with the best quality, longest lasting hardware—such as flashing, nails, and gutters.

Whether you choose genuine or synthetic slate roofing, prepare to beautify your home with curb appeal and a roofing option that naturally blends into its surroundings and provides you with a long lasting, energy efficient roof.

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When it comes to roofing, there are many options out there. With multiple materials, lifespans and usages this can be confusing. Let Clear Creek Exteriors help you make the best choice for your new roof.