Grand Rapids Roofing: Article About Popular Roofing Options

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Whether a homeowner is seeking a new roof for their current home or hoping to choose the best option for their new construction project, it can be helpful to understand the vast selection of choices when it comes to roofing materials, types and styles. Although it is necessary to consider the climate in a home's particular location and the style of a home when choosing the right roof, homeowners are often delighted when they learn just how much flexibility they have when it comes to roofing. While there are some basic factors to take into account, homeowners may wish to contact a Grand Rapids roofing professional for specific recommendations for their individual home.

The most popular roofing material today is fiberglass asphalt shingles because they are easy to install, economical and widely available. Essentially, these shingles are made of a woven fiberglass matt and covered with a waterproof asphalt coating. Available in a variety of colors and styles, asphalt shingles include a top coat of ceramic granules designed to shield against harmful UV rays.

For homeowners who prefer the look of slate, tile or wood shake, but do not want to incur the higher installation and maintenance costs, composite shingles are an excellent option to consider. Made from poly based products, these shingles tend to be lightweight, fire resistant and long lasting.

Although wood shingles and shakes are appealing because of their crisp appearance and rustic design, they can come at a price of nearly double that of standard asphalt shingles.

One of our roofing contractors from Summit Point Roofing of Grand Rapids MI would be happy to answer any question you have about leak repair or general gutters.

Additionally, slate can come at a cost that is double, or even triple, that of standard asphalt. Slate is, however, tough and durable, which means little to no maintenance is required to keep these roofs in excellent condition for a very long time.

In today's world, an increasing number of homeowners are seeking opportunities to protect and help the environment with their housing materials and home energy usage. For this reason, creating a green "living" roof is an attractive option for many people. A green roof does require several layers of support vegetation, a waterproofing membrane and an irrigation system. On the other hand, for those who are more concerned with energy efficiency, metal roofing has proven quite effective in reducing heating and cooling costs for homeowners around the world.

Before settling on a final decision for their roofing needs, homeowners should contact an experienced roofer that can provide them with all of the information they need to make an informed decision for their home. In addition to deciding on a roofing material that is aesthetically pleasing, it is important to take in to account all factors, so that the roof will last for as long as possible.

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