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When it comes time to install a new roof, it doesn't have to be replaced with a carbon copy of an existing roof. Appearance, cost, roof slope, ease of installation and the length of time the new roof can be expected to last are all criteria to keep in mind. Somerset County roofers can help clients evaluate these factors and select the right roofing materials for their needs.

Roofs can be made of many types of materials, including asphalt shingles, wood shingles and clay tiles. Certain roof styles can only tolerate specific roofing materials while others support a more versatile set of choices. A flat or low pitch roof is more susceptible to roof leaks, so a weatherproofing layer is critically important here. On the other hand, low pitch roofs support solar panel installations more easily.

Steep slope roofs are more resistant to harsh weather because rain and snow slide off them. The most widely used roofing material for steep slope roofs are asphalt shingles, but other popular materials include clay tiles, wood shingles and metal roof systems specially designed for steep slopes.

The roofers from Peter W Smith Construction in Somerset County NJ would be happy to answer any question you have about commercial roofing or siding.

Asphalt shingles are composed of an underlying base made of felt or fiberglass mesh, a layer of asphalt and a top coating of surfacing granules that serve the dual purposes of protecting the asphalt from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays and giving the roof its color. Many shingles are manufactured with adhesive strips that seal the shingles into place on wooden planking and offer sufficient resistance so that shingles don't move with the breeze.

Clay tile is an extremely durable material. If they're properly maintained, some clay tile roofs can last as long as 100 years without needing to be replaced. Clay tiles come in a variety shapes, styles, colors and finishes, and their reflective qualities can increase the efficiency of a building's heating and air conditioning systems. Clay tiles don't expand or contract with temperature changes, and they're impervious to mold. On the other hand, clay tiles are heavy, so any roof they're applied to must be structurally sound enough to support their weight. They're also more expensive than asphalt shingles, and they can't be applied as effectively to very steep roofs.

Wood shakes are typically made from cedar, pine or redwood that's been treated with flame retardants and chemical preservatives to protect against insects and rot. Even when treated with flame retardants though, most home insurance carriers consider wood shakes a significant fire hazard, and homeowners' insurance policy premiums are priced accordingly.

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