Types of Roofs: Advantage and Cost Comparison

There are many roofing systems available on the market, and consumers need to carefully choose the one that will best suit their needs. There are several factors to consider when choosing a roof, including its cost and lifespan. Consumers also need to know the benefits and disadvantages of each type of roof before they make their decision.

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Slate

slate roofingSlate has been used as a roofing material for centuries, and it is still prevalent in homes around the northeastern United States. It provides the home with a unique appearance that is difficult to achieve using other materials, but technology has allowed chemists to create synthetic slate that is very similar to the real thing. Natural slate roofs cost between $10 and $75 per square foot, while artificial slate will cost $6 to $12 per square foot. Since slate is extremely durable, it can have a lifespan as long as 125 years. Slate is very heavy, and homeowners may need to reinforce the roof so that it can bear the extra weight.

Homeowners have a variety of roofing options available to them, and they can choose materials, colors and styles that best suit the architecture and design of their homes.

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Steve Wright

Steve Wright is a writer for Whirlwind Steel Buildings, a metal building manufacturing company. Located in Houston, TX, they are committed to following sustainable, energy-efficient building practices.