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Choosing roofing materials for your home can be a daunting task, especially if you’re new to the area. What type of roof should I use? How much will it cost? What are my options? This blog post will help answer these questions and more! We’ll cover three types of roofing materials that are popular in Ellicott City: asphalt shingles, wood shakes, and metal roofing. Read on to find out which one is best for you!

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Asphalt Shingles

Pros: Asphalt shingles are a popular roofing material and the most affordable option, so they can save you money upfront. The material is also very durable and makes an excellent roof for your home.

Cons: These shingles are not as energy-efficient, so they can cost a lot more to heat or cool in the long run. They also require regular maintenance such as occasional sealant application, which can add on additional expenses over time. But the biggest downside to asphalt is that it doesn’t last as long as other options, meaning major repairs could be necessary after just five years if not properly maintained.

Wood Shakes

Pros: Wood shake roofing is a beautiful, natural material that will make your home look rustic and inviting. It also provides a little extra insulation for those chilly nights.

Wood shake roofing claims to have some health benefits as well which may be appealing for those with allergies. It also does not peel, crack or fade in extreme weather conditions and it’s more environmentally friendly than asphalt shingles.

Cons: The downside to wood shingle roofs is their weight; they tend to be heavier than other types of roofing materials so this may have an impact on the structural integrity of your house if installed incorrectly. Wood shake roofing can be very expensive, costing at least twice as much as asphalt shingles. It also makes the installation process take a lot longer–often up to two weeks from start to finish.

Metal Roofing

Pros: Metal roofing is a great option for those who have an interest in increasing their home’s curb appeal. Metal roofs can last up to 50 years, which makes them very durable and cost-effective in the long term.

Cons: One drawback of metal roofing is that it does not insulate your house as well as other types of roofing. And Maryland winters get cold!

Other Types of Roofing

There are many other roofing options including clay and concrete tiles, clay roofing shingles, cement fiberboard (often called composite), and synthetic slate. Consider the pros and cons of each type of roofing material to choose the right one for your home. And, of course, once you’ve picked the right fit for your home or business, we can wash your roof regularly! Just give us a call.