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Denver Roofing: Article About Wood Shakes Versus Clay Tiles

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When people buy a house, it's usually covered with asphalt shingles. While this is a popular roofing option for builders because it's cheap, most homeowners want to upgrade to a more reliable roofing option at some point. Two options that Denver roofing professionals install a lot are wood shakes and clay tiles.

Wood shakes are a great roofing option because they generally last longer than asphalt shingles if they are well maintained. That being said, wood shakes don't have the life span of clay tiles. Wood shakes give homes a natural look that can't be replicated by clay tiles due to the natural aging process that they go through. As they are exposed to the sun's UV rays, snow and rain, they start to get a weathered look and change color. This makes wood shakes a popular choice for historical homes.

Wood shakes typically last between 30 and 50 years, and this life cycle depends greatly on the quality of wood and how well they were professionally maintained over the years. One drawback to wood shakes is that they have to be treated with protective coats every few years. This not only protects them from water damage but also from insect infestation.

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Tile roofs are popular for homes located in warm, dry climates because tiles offer great roof ventilation. This keeps homes cooler during warm months, which helps save homeowners money on their cooling bills. However, it also keeps homes cooler during the cool months because the cold air passes directly underneath the tiles.

In general, tile roofs last between 50 and 100 years. Once again, this depends greatly on how well the roof has been maintained over the course of its life. Having the roof professionally cleaned and inspected is the best choice since clay tiles are vulnerable to impact damage. People who aren't trained to walk on a tile roof properly can easily damage or crack it. Once a tile is cracked, it loses its ability to protect the other layers of the roof from water.

One of the biggest drawbacks of clay tiles is their weight, which is a lot heavier than wood shakes. Some older homes might require additional structural support to handle the weight. Homeowners should hire a professional roofer to determine the structural integrity of their roof.

In the end, only homeowners can decide which option is best. If they aren't sure, they could get the opinion of a roofer on both of these options. They might be able to provide the homeowners with even more factors to consider.

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