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From Beginning to Advanced: Blogs on Industry and Manufacturing

Greetings! My name is Adam. I work in the advertising industry as a brand developer. I also teach surfing lessons and spend a lot of time volunteering with an animal hospital. When I was on a gap year, I took a job in a pen factory. Through that experience, I learned a great deal about how pens were made, but I also learned a lot about industrial work and manufacturing in general. In this blog, I plan to write about all aspects of these topics, and I hope that this information is interesting and informative to you. Please, grab a tea and start looking around. If you like my blogs, share them. Thanks.




From Beginning to Advanced: Blogs on Industry and Manufacturing

The Pros and Cons of Various Roofing Choices

by Daniel Wilson

When it's time to get your roof replaced or when you're having a new home built and need to choose the materials for the roof, you may have more options than you realize. Standard asphalt tiles are still a favorite for homeowners, but you might consider some other materials as well. Note a few of these here and the pros and cons of each, and then discuss the best choice for your home with your roofing contractor.


One advantage of asphalt shingles is that they're relatively inexpensive when compared to other options. Virtually every roofer should know how to install and repair them, and they may also be easy enough for many homeowners to replace if any should fly off in a storm. However, they aren't as durable as other choices and usually aren't available in many shades or tones, so if you're looking for a particular roofing color, they may not be the right choice.


A metal roof can last for many decades, typically much longer than asphalt tiles. While a metal roof is usually more expensive than asphalt, this longevity can make it a more cost-effective choice in the long run. However, note that not every roofer may be experienced in installing and repairing a metal roof, so you might need to search for a specialist for this work; repairing any damage to a metal roof might also be beyond the scope of most homeowners, so you can't assume you'll be able to patch up the metal roof if it should separate from connectors or get bent or otherwise damaged. 


Slate tiles have a classic look that can enhance your home's curb appeal, but they're very heavy and your roof may need bracing to withstand this weight, which can add to the cost of installation. Slate may not be readily available in your area, so replacing any damaged tiles might get expensive if you need to special order new tiles. Slate is also not as durable as other choices, as the material may tend to crack over time. 


Wood tiles also give a home classic look, but they may be prone to holding mildew and moss and especially in areas with high humidity. You may need to regularly wash off a wood roof to remove any growing mildew, just as you need to do with a wood deck. Wood may also add to the weight of your home's roof and require added bracing, which increases the cost. Wood is also not the most durable option, as the material may crack or chip even when sealed, so it may need repair and replacing more often than other choices.