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The most widely used roofing material in the U. S. has been, and continues to be, asphalt shingle. Both the cost of asphalt shingle and its overall utility are two of the reasons that it remains so widely used. However, now there are a host of new roofing products that are not only attractive but more durable and eco friendly. A Longmont roofing professional can work with interested homeowners to explore the available options.

Metal roofing has been used in America for over a century, but in the past it has been reserved for use on rural buildings, like barns or outbuildings, or on commercial properties. For many years the only options were either large corrugated panels or flat metal strips that offered durability but not much in the way of aesthetic value. In the last few decades, metal roofing choices have grown and include a number of different styles and types that are more attractive yet still offer the incredible durability and longevity that metal is known for.

One of the latest advances in metal roofing is the standing seam metal roof. Standing seam panels come in varying widths that are typically cut onsite to the correct length so that waste and product defects are minimal.

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Instead of a flush seam that lies along the roof decking, the standing seam rises above the decking bed about an inch and thus provides much better moisture protection. Standing seam roofing panels come in a variety of colors that complement almost any style of home.

An even newer metal roofing product is the metal shingle. Metal shingles are the same size as asphalt shingles and are available in both different colors and textures. Metal roofing shingles offer homeowners a greater variety and far more durability than asphalt shingles. They can be crafted to resemble more traditional roofing products, like clay or tile, asphalt or even slate.

Metal shingles and standing seam metal roofs do cost more than asphalt shingles, but they are less expensive than slate or copper. Since most last at least 50 years and are warrantied for that time period, they are a better overall investment. Additionally, the paint used to coat the metal can be treated to reflect the sun's rays, keeping the home cooler in the summertime. They are also 100 percent recyclable and are often made with recycled metal, so they are a very eco friendly option.

Because of the environmental benefits, the federal government is offering a significant tax incentive for homeowners who replace or install a new metal roof. Many state governments offer additional incentives as well. Incentives range from 30 to 85 percent and are generally given in the form of a tax credit rather than a deduction.

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