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If you're planning to replace your roof, you'll need to decide what kind of shingles you want to install. While it's important to consider the pros and cons of each type, your budget will also influence the decision. Discussing your options with your Loveland roofing contractor can help you understand which types of shingles are the best choice for your region of the country.

The asphalt shingle is the most commonly used due to its affordable price and ease of installation. Even if you've settled on asphalt as your material of choice, you'll still have another decision or two to make. Coated shingles are appealing to many homeowners because they can qualify you for an Energy Star rebate. Three-tab shingles are not as thick and sturdy, but less expensive than other varieties of asphalt shingles. While asphalt shingles do cost less to purchase, they end up having a shorter life than other types of shingles. Most asphalt roofs last about 20 to 30 years.

Slate shingles are an increasingly popular choice among homeowners, especially in the Northeast states where slate quarries are abundant. The durability of slate is a big selling point, and a slate roof can easily last up to 50 years. If natural slate is too pricey for your budget, synthetic slate products look nearly identical, but are not as long-lasting.

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The natural beauty of wood shingles make them an attractive choice for many homeowners. Cedar and oak are common woods used to manufacture these shingles, which can be either smooth or rough-cut. Wooden shingles are very light in weight, making them easy to work with and install. They are also unusually easy to repair: A damaged wood shingle can be cut out and replaced individually, unlike interlocking shingles.

In the Southwest states, tile roofs are a common feature of Spanish-style homes and buildings. Tile shingles are one of the most expensive roofing materials, but also one of the most durable. In fact, a quality tile roof can last up to 80 years. Ask your contractor about the feasibility of installing a tile roof, because not all homes are able to handle the weight of tile shingles.

Metal roofs are yet another option for homeowners. These roofs are made up of either constructed metal or solid metal shingles and are especially popular in the Northwest states. However, due to their durability and inexpensive price, they're becoming a common sight in many other regions of the United States.

No matter what type of shingle you choose, the success of your installation will also depend on your roofing contractor. Take the time to research contractors and get multiple estimates before agreeing to a contract. A reputable roofing contractor will take your home's needs and your budget into consideration when advising you on the best shingles for your roof.

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