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Deciding on the type of material to cover the roof of your home is determined by personal preference, the supporting structure of the roof and your budget. Flat roofs or ones with a low slope require a different covering than one with a steeper pitch. Heavy slate and clay tiles require a significant supporting structure and may not be suitable for all roofs. The experienced Mount Pleasant roofing professionals can help you decide which material is best for your house.

Asphalt is the most common type of shingle. It is the least expensive, is readily available and is relatively easy to install. Manufactured with a fiberglass medium, it contains asphalt and is coated with a grainy, sand-like surface. It comes in two thicknesses, single and a thicker, laminated product. While the single thickness costs much less, it has a shorter lifespan than the laminated shingle and isn't as attractive in appearance.

Sheet metal is a popular roofing material. It comes in aluminum, copper-and-asphalt, steel, copper and lead. It is an extremely durable material, but costly to install. Since it reflects heat, it helps to keep the house cool, making it an energy-efficient product. Since the metal used to manufacture the roofing is usually made from a large amount of recycled goods, it is environmentally friendly.

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Slate is a very durable roofing material that is insect and rot-proof while boasting superior protection against fire. However, it is very heavy and some houses would require additional support to hold the weight of the tiles. There is also a limited variety of colors available for the reason that slate is a natural material. Since the look is quite unique, it is a popular choice. If you are willing to put in the upgrades to the structure of your roof and the material is within your budget, slate is definitely worthy of your consideration.

Clay tiles provide your home with exceptional protection from the elements, and they are resistant to rot, mold, insects and fire. They have a very long lifespan, but are extremely heavy. Unless your home currently has a clay tile roof, it is likely that significant upgrades would have to be made to the roof to accommodate this type of material. Clay tends to be fragile and susceptible to breakage when it is walked on. It requires yearly cleaning as it can show dirt, especially if a lighter color is chosen. It is one of the most expensive choices of material, but it stands the test of time.

Slate and clay tiles can reduce your cooling and heating costs as they reduce heat transfer and offer superior insulation. They also last much longer than traditional asphalt shingles and is much more durable. This makes them an ideal choice for hot, humid climates.

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