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There are more options available for roofing materials than ever before in history. Gaithersburg roofing contractors work with everything from slate to wood to plastic polymers.

When selecting the right roofing material for their home, homeowners will want to consider things such as durability, the material's ability to hold up to natural disasters like wildfires or hurricanes, whether or not the material is too heavy for the roofing frame in their home, whether the roof has the appropriate slope for the material, whether the material is aesthetically pleasing on the home or not, whether the material can be recycled, whether it is allowed by local building codes and finally whether they can afford the building material they want to work with.

Asphalt shingles are used on about 80 percent of residential buildings in North America. In colder climates, homeowners will install asphalt shingles that are made from organic paper fiber, whereas in warmer climates fiberglass base shingles are preferred. Asphalt shingles cannot be considered eco friendly because, even though they can be recycled, the vast majority of them are thrown away and disposed of in landfills. They are relatively inexpensive and can be used on both low and steep sloped roofs. They have a moderate weight.

Metal roofs are considerably more expensive than asphalt. However, they have the benefit of lasting longer, being wind resistant and being fireproof.

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Most metal roofs are made of steel, aluminum, or copper. They can be fabricated to mimic other building materials such as wood or slate. They are very eco friendly and can be completely recycled when they are replaced. Depending on the metal selected, they can be very durable. Metal roofing material can be used on low and steep sloped roofs.

Plastic polymer roofing shingles are very durable. They can be molded to mimic wood shakes or slate slabs. Since this roofing material is a relative newcomer, little can be said about its durability. They are eco friendly since the majority of them are made from recycled materials, and they can be recycled when they are replaced. They have better than average fire and wind resistance. They can be used on steep slope roofs as well as moderate sloped roofs. They are not designed for use on roofs with a low slope.

These are just a few of the options available for roofing material. Other options would include clay tile, concrete tile, as well as wood and slate roofing materials. Each material has its pros and cons, and a homeowner would do well to research these materials prior to selecting one for their roof.

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