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Choosing Roofing for Your Home or Business
Choosing new roofing for your home is an investment, so it's
important to take some time to consider your options before
you get started. Choosing the right roofing material can add
value to your home while updating the feel and style of the
dwelling, said Carl Rost, general manager Bachman's Roofing,
Building & Remodeling, Inc.
"Back in the old days, a roof was put on just to keep the water
out," Rost said. "As long as it didn't leak, people were happy.
Now, it's a fashion statement for your house."
Roofing materials vary in weight, color and style. You'll need
to make sure you choose a material that meets your area's fire
codes and will hold up in the event that your area is prone to
extreme weather.
With weather events becoming more frequent in the Greater
Reading area, Bachman's has instituted a storm team that both
repairs roofs damaged by wind or other factors, and counsels
customers regarding their insurance policies and how they can
make their roofs more durable.
"A lot of our customers are opting to upgrade from the traditional asphalt three-tab shingles to an architectural shingle,
which is a lot more wind resistant," Rost explained.

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Some of the most popular outdoor roofing options are outlined below.
* Asphalt Shingles. Economical and easy to install, asphalt
shingles are the most popular roofing material in the
United States. They come in many different colors and can
complement a range of architectural styles. At about 20
years, asphalt shingles have a shorter life span than some
other roofing materials, however, and they don't always
provide the insulating qualities of other roofing options. As
improvements in asphalt shingles continue, they can be
designed to look like other roofing materials, such as slate,
Rost said.
* Wood Shingles and Wood Shakes. A natural wood product, wood shakes and shingles have been used as a roofing
material for centuries. While many people like their look,
they are not always feasible as some fire codes prohibit their
use and they don't hold up particularly well in wet climate
areas. The typical life span in an area where wet weather is
not a concern is 25 to 30 years.
* Metal Roofing. Metal roofing is available in stainless steel,
copper, aluminum and zinc, and holds up well to extreme
weather. Although relatively expensive, it has a longer life
span than many other materials. Metal roofing can last to
between 40 and 70 years.



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