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Residential Metal Roofing: Is It Right for Me?

When the contractor delivered the sad news that my roof needed replacing, that led to a discussion of material choices. I was surprised to hear that metal roofing was an option. Sure, it was fine for commercial buildings, but a home? My contractor told me that metal is used for homes more than people realize. The panels can be designed to look like just about any type of roofing you can imagine. After looking at some samples and finding out about the long life of metal roofs, I decided to give it a try. Fifteen years later, my roof is still in great shape. If you are facing a roof replacement in the near future, let me tell you more about metal roofing. I'm betting that you'll decide this solution is right for your home.

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Three Choices To Give Your Home A Custom Look With New Asphalt Shingles

by Kelly Murphy

Asphalt shingles come in many different shapes and sizes. The most affordable shingles are single-tabbed materials that have a plain look and shorter life. Today, you have a choice of many other types of asphalt shingles to give your home more of a custom look with textures and 3D details. These materials can also last longer than the conventional single-shingles. Here are some of the choices you may want to consider when replacing your roof:

1. Decorative Roofing To Give Your Home A Classic Look

Decorative shingles used to be very popular on roofs when asphalt was first used as roofing. These shingles can have diamond shaped patterns, curbed edges and other decorative features. Today, these types of shingles are becoming more popular and can also be textured and more durable than a common shingle-tabbed shingle. This is a great option to restore the roof on an historical home and make it look more authentic with a classic look.

2. A Durable, Textured Surface With Architectural Shingles

There are also newer textured shingles. These are architectural or 3D shingles and they resemble shake roofing when they are installed on your home. This is a more affordable option, and these materials will usually have a guarantee that is much longer than single-tabbed materials. Architectural shingles can also be a great way to hide imperfections in roof structures. They will also help to give your roof more resistance to storm and wind damage. With architectural shingles, you will also have a choice of many different colors and styles.

3. Using Heavier Larger Tabbed Shingles For More Wind Resistance

Heavier shingles with larger tabs can also be used to replace your old roofing. These can come in many different styles and designs to give your roof a custom look. The thicker shingles will also have a longer life and give your home protection from wind. If you live in an area with high winds and heavy storms, this is a good roofing option if you are considering using asphalt shingles to replace your roof.  These materials are also less likely to have problems from leaks caused by wind-blown rain. The larger shingles cover more roof area, giving your home more protection.

These are some of the options that you may want to consider when replacing your asphalt shingles. If you are ready for a new custom roof on your home, contact a roofing contractor, such as Russ Lundin Roofing, and talk with them about some of these options.