Shake shingles may be the sharpest looking roofs out there. The classic lines instantly give your home an impressive look. Many Omaha homeowners look to cedar shakes to give that extra dash of class. These shakes often come with some drawbacks. Replacement cost for raw materials has increased in recent years, leaving many insurance policies on shaky ground. As your cedar shakes break down over time, you should keep in mind potential replacement materials.
These shakes have the closest look to the wood shingles. Made from polymer reinforced with fiber and resins, these shingles have heighten resistance to cracking and thermal shock. Made from 95% recycled and reclaimed materials, these shingles are resistant to discoloration, and are made from natural fibers to replicate the look of real wood. They are also resistant to mold, mildew and insects.
Plastic and Synthetics
Plastic is a polymer that has no fiber reinforcement. Many varieties of these products exist, and are made to duplicate different looking roof options. Use of plastic roofing has been on the rise, most likely due to lower product costs. Plastic roofing shingles are lightweight, and easy to install. While the costs may be reduced, the look of this shingles often leaves homeowners wanting more.
Although top of the line clay shingles have minimal water absorption and high resistance to thermal shock and cracking, their inability to withstand freeze-thaw makes them an illogical choice for geographies where cold weather conditions are prevalent. The benefit to clay tiles, is that if properly maintained, they can last a lifetime.
Made from recycled materials, rubber offers a sustainable way to keep your home safe. Rubber resists cracking, discoloration, mold, and withstand harsher climates. These shingles generally take a bit of maintenance and can be problematic in windy situations.
With all the options out there, your best option might be to call the roofing experts at Total Construction Services. Our professionals can explain all the options, and help you decide on the best look for your roof.
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