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All roofs eventually need replacement simply because their very nature exposes them to the most extreme weather conditions. When it is time to replace your roof, there are options to consider. You can potentially change the entire look of your home with a new roof. Put some thought into what is available as you’ll likely have to live with the choice for 40 years. Consider the advice and recommendations of a professional roofing contractor along with what you like about roofs you’ve seen on other peoples’ houses. Here are some roofing styles:

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles
 are the most common residential roofing system and are really considered the standard for an American home. They are available in different grades, colors and styles and can be used to customize your home, or can remain fairly simple if you prefer the façade to define your home rather than the roof. The design makes asphalt shingles work by allowing them to become soft and flexible in the summer heat, able to move with the winds of summertime thunderstorms. As the air becomes cold in winter, the shingles become brittle and hard, capable of holding up to the extra weight of snow and ice.

Cedar Shakes

Cedar shakes provide a classic yet distinct look to any home. Although cedar may require more regular maintenance, they are designed to accommodate simple repairs that are relatively quick and easy to conduct. They further require regular treatment to protect the wood from exposure to the weather. The upside is that when properly maintained cedar shakes can often outlast other roofing materials, saving the expense of having to conduct an entire roof replacement.

GAF Roofing

GAF roofing is a fiberglass shingle system that looks great and functions even better. It works along the same concept of other shingle types, overlapping in such a way as to direct the water down the roof and into the gutter. Being made of fiberglass allows the shingles to be more rugged and durable than traditional shingles and often, depending on the specific line of shingles selected, can come with a lifetime warranty. They come in different colors and styles and are for the most part indistinguishable from traditional asphalt shingles other than the fact you may notice less repair costs over the years. GAF roofing is appropriate for both residential homes and commercial buildings. These roofing styles provide protection and a great look.

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