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Denver Roofing: Article About Life Expectancy Of Different Roofing Materials

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Most roofing products are designed and manufactured to last for several decades under normal weather conditions, although certain materials clearly fare better in certain climates. The homeowner who is thinking about a new roof may want a product that will last 20 to 30 years, or one that lasts for over 50 years.

There are so many choices when it comes to roofing materials that choosing the one that is best for a certain style of home can be more than a little overwhelming. And that's exactly the time to schedule a consultation with a Denver Roofing specialist. An experienced professional can make the choice easier and help the homeowner figure out which is the best for his or her needs. When the owner is already dealing with what will look best on the house, what the cost is going to be and how long the roof is expected to hold up, professional advice can be incredibly helpful.

Asphalt shingles are the least expensive and most popular of the roofing materials. They are available in a wide array of colors and styles, so the homeowner can find a certain look that he or she wants. Traditional asphalt shingles usually last about twenty years and there are also higher quality asphalt shingles being made that are warrantied for up to 50 years.

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The cost goes up accordingly with the extra materials used and with the projected longevity.

Wood roofing, either shingles or shake, make a 30 year lifetime their goal. In a moderate climate they can actually last much longer than that, but if the climate is one with a lot of rain and the roof is constantly wet, the warping and drying that happens to them can both jeopardize the roof structure and cause the need for a new roof in less than the expected time.

Architectural asphalt, the newest of these roofing materials, is about twice as heavy and thick as regular asphalt tiles, but is still far lighter than clay, cement or slate. Architectural asphalt tiles are expected to last for about 30 years.

Metal roofing materials are extremely popular and can add a lot of drama to the appearance of a home. Metal materials come in different forms; there are metal shingles, vertical panels, tiles and more. Metal is both durable and very light, and metal roofing should last from 40 to 80 years.

Before deciding which type of new roof would be best, the homeowner should talk to people who live nearby and have had experience with the different types of roofs in that specific climate. After he or she factors in cost, design considerations and the length of time the homeowner plans to live in the house, a talk with a roofing specialist will help with the best and final choice.

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