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After owning the same house for more than 20 years, it came time to decide whether to sell the home or fix it up. And after weeks of contemplation, I realized that I just was not ready to close the door on all the memories held in the home. But I also didn't want to live in a shabby old house anymore. So, I decided to do get involved with some restoration projects – the kitchen, bathrooms, and living room were all updated, as well as the roof. I also redesigned the entire property's landscape to give it a brand new look. Now that everything is complete, I miss the process! So, I thought I would relive some of my favorite projects by sharing ideas, tips, and tricks for renovation that might interest you. Hopefully you'll find the things I have to share inspiring and encouraging.

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Durable Roofing Materials: Exploring Your Options

by Jonathan Lucas

While asphalt roofing shingles are certainly the most popular material in the residential roofing industry, these materials are far from the most durable. In fact, asphalt shingles typically need to be replaced as often as every 15 years. For many homeowners, this need for relatively frequent roof replacements will not only be expensive, but extremely inconvenient. Thankfully, the residential roofing industry has several more durable materials that you can choose from. Below you will learn more about these options and the benefits they have to offer.

Slate Tiles

Slate tiles are one of the most traditional materials the residential roofing industry has to offer. In fact, these tiles have been used to protect homes from the elements for several centuries now. Despite their many years on the market, these tiles still remain one of the most beneficial options that the industry has to offer.

When it comes to longevity, there are very few roofing materials that can compete with the average lifespan of a slate roof. This is because high quality slate tiles can easily last upwards of 75 years.

In addition to the long life of a slate roof, these roofing materials also offer homeowners the benefit of enjoying much lower repair and maintenance costs when compared to other types of residential roofs. This is because slate tiles can easily go several decades without requiring any maintenance or repairs.

Metal Shingles

Another very popular option for homeowners who are looking for a durable roofing material is the use of metal shingles. These shingles have the ability to last homeowners upwards of 100 years. With such an impressive lifespan, homeowners can fairly assume that installing a metal roof will completely eliminate their need to ever install a new roof on their home again.

Metal Roofing shingles also offer homeowners the ability to save money on their energy costs. By reflecting the sun's rays rather than absorbing their heat, metal shingles are able to help keep your home cooler during the summer months. These shingles will also be able to reflect the heat from your HVAC system back into your home during the winter months in order to help keep you warm.

Concrete Tiles Or Shakes

While the use of concrete roofing materials is not nearly as popular as the options discussed above, the popularity of these materials is quickly rising within the residential roofing industry. This is because not only does concrete offer an average lifespan of 50 years or longer, but these roofing materials will also offer a natural resistance to virtually all types of damage. Consequently, concrete roofs will require almost no maintenance over their impressively long lifespan.

Another benefit of choosing a concrete roof is that this material can be used to closely mimic the appearance of many other roofing materials. For instance, if you desire the look of a cedar shake roof but do not want to commit to the maintenance these roofs require, a concrete roof will allow you to enjoy the same look as real cedar shakes but without the high maintenance requirements that traditionally come along with it.

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