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Shingle replacement on a roof can be a chore that goes without thought throughout the year until it becomes necessary. At that point, a repair bill can be costly with added damage that comes about from a roof that is missing its shingles. A Charleston roofing contractor would recommend that homeowners nip the problem in the bud before it gets far enough to become damaging to his or her home. Here is some information on the different types of shingles a homeowner can choose from or may already have on their roof.

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing that exists on modern homes. They are cheaper to make and install compared to other roofing types. This smaller price is offset by the durability of the shingles. Asphalt shingles last about 20 years before they need to be replaced. In years of severe weather and storms, this can be a shorter amount of time. The reason for this is because asphalt degrades easily against the elements due to its sedimentary composition. Still, the durability is not much of a problem for most homeowners, and the low price is a definite upside to this type of roofing.

Other shingles are made of wood such as redwood and cedar. This type of roofing is much more durable than asphalt, especially if the wood is treated. However, due to the fact that they are made of wood and handcrafted rather than mass-produced, the shingles are much more expensive to install and maintain.

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Luckily, the durability of these roofs, as well as the unique style that comes with them, makes these roofs easier to manage once they are installed.

Stone and slate may also be used for installing on a roof. This type of roof may cost a great deal compared to any other type of shingle. Each individual shingle requires craftsmanship and individualization for a roof. This process is both time consuming and expensive. However, a stone roof is estimated to last up to centuries and resists the elements very well.

Finally, there are tile roofs. As far as cost versus durability, tile roofs are the most viable option. Tiles are considered the longest-lasting type of shingle in existence. However, they require a specific style to be installed and will look out of place on a brick home as is typical in the United States. They work better on stucco houses that fit the Mediterranean style from which they originate.

All roof types will last for years after installation. It is still recommended to inspect the roof at least once a year and look for signs of degradation. This is especially important if the area where the homeowner lives is known for severe weather events.

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