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Although most homes have asphalt roofs, there are a wide variety of roofing materials available for homeowners to choose from. Along with providing a number of different looks, different roofing materials offer different lifespans along with their respective benefits and drawbacks. In addition to asphalt, Morris County roofers are able to install roofs made of metal, wood and tile.

Asphalt is the most popular choice because it is lightweight, waterproof, fire resistant and is available in a variety of colors and textures. It is also easy to install and an inexpensive material, so it is very cost effective. However, it has a lifespan of about two or three decades, so it does not last as long as some other options, and asphalt may warp in heat.

Metal roofs are also a lower cost material, but it is essential that they are installed properly, so labor costs may be higher. They are light and very durable, and they may last a lifetime, but they can require recoating to do so. However, metal roofs can be loud during rain or hail storms, and they may also show visible dents.

Wood shakes are a less popular roofing material in spite of how attractive they tend to be. They are generally more expensive than asphalt or metal, and they will normally only last about 20 years.

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Insurance companies also sometimes refuse to insure them, even if they have been treated with a fire retardant.

Tile and slate roofs are fairly similar, and both types of roofing can last a lifetime when installed with an underlayment. They are both attractive roofing materials, and they are very sturdy. Tile roofs tend to be slightly less costly than slate roofs because tile requires more maintenance and can crack or break when stepped on. Slate roofing is also easier to repair than tile.

However, it is important to note that both tile and slate roofs are both very heavy. It is essential that a contractor not install a new roof with materials that exceed the load bearing capacity of their roof or house because it can lead to major damage to the home and even a roofing collapse.

One alternative to slate is imitation slate tiles, which are designed to look like the real slate but have the advantage of being much lighter. They last around 50 years, so they have about double the lifespan of asphalt tiles, and they are also about as easy to install as asphalt tiles. Imitation slate tiles are also far less expensive than genuine slate roofing.

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