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As you drive through Charlottesville, you’ll be sure to notice an abundance of roofing materials. This bewildering array of choice available to homeowners can make it extremely difficult to choose which one is best for your home. 

Many people choose to use traditional asphalt shingles. In fact, about 80% of residential roofs in the United States are covered by this material. However, more and more homeowners are branching out and using different materials for their roofs. 

Though there are dozens of different choices, a few remain enduringly popular with homeowners. If you’re considering having your roof redone, you should take the time to familiarize yourself with each option so that you can make an informed choice. Knowing what you have to choose from can help you as you work through the process with your contractor.

Popular choices include tiles as well as asphalt or wooden shingles along with metal roofing. We’ll briefly highlight what makes these materials stand out.

Tiles

There are several different types of tiles to choose from when it comes to roofing, but the most popular are ceramic clay tiles.

Ceramic clay tiles are a natural, durable option, made from clay fired at extremely high temperatures. This material can resist heat and absorbs very little water. Unfortunately, clay does not tolerate freezing temperatures. 

Manufacturers recommend you do not walk on these tiles as they can be fragile underfoot. When properly maintained, ceramic tiles can last up to 100 years. They are also available in a broad range of colors—the classic terracotta orange isn’t necessary.

Shingles 

There are several types of shingles available, the most popular being asphalt. 

Asphalt shingles can be organic or fiberglass. This type of shingle is virtually maintenance-free, although they are still prone to damage sustained from storms and can sometimes grow moss. Asphalt shingles are affordable, and they’ll last around two decades before wearing out.

Wooden shingles are also popular around Charlottesville, especially those made from cedar. While they give a wonderful aesthetic to your home, wooden shingles are not particularly durable. These shingles are incredibly susceptible to water damage, and they dry out in the sun, too. Also, they present a fire hazard and are proportionally more expensive than other roofing options.

Metal Roofing

You’ve probably seen metal roofs making their way into neighborhoods all over town, and it’s easy to see why. 

Although more expensive upfront, metal roofing is quickly gaining popularity among homeowners. The rush to metal roofing is fueled by its extraordinary durability and its fire and storm-resistant properties. Metal roofs can be made to mimic the look of shingles, tiles, or other materials, too. This roofing material is very durable, with a lifespan of up to 70 years. For many homeowners, it’s well worth the investment.

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