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Siding Products That Increase Your Curb Appeal

The old siding on my home had finally reached the end of its lifespan. This meant it was time to re-side my home. After doing some research, I knew what features I wanted for my new siding. One of the features that was most important to me was the appearance of the siding and how it would increase the curb appeal of my home. Siding wraps around your entire home and can make it look old and dated, or new and modern. With this website, I hope to discuss different siding products and discuss what sort of appeal and look it can bring to your home. This can help you select the siding type that will impact the overall appearance of your home for the better.


Siding Products That Increase Your Curb Appeal

How Slate Shingles Can Protect Your Home From Hidden Costs

by Kent George

One of the primary concerns that homeowners consider when choosing a new roof for their home is the initial cost of a roof. If you consider roofing materials only in terms of their ability to keep the rain out, then every roofing material is pretty much as good as another. Thus, asphalt shingles, the cheapest roofing material on the market, is the most popular choice for roofing material. Initial cost is the not the only cost you should worry about, though. If you want protection from hidden costs such as weather damage and aging, then you need to look for a durable roofing material like slate shingles.

Lifespan of a Roofing System

When you buy a roof, you must also think about how long it will be before you have to replace your roof. Asphalt shingles will last for about 15-20 years. This sounds like a long time if you have no point of reference to compare the lifespan of asphalt shingles to. Slate shingles can last for up to 200 years. What this means is that you would have to replace your asphalt shingles around ten times before you have to replace you slate shingles even once. While slate shingles cost more than asphalt singles in terms of initial cost, slate shingles have lower replacement costs because of their long life. While important, roof replacement is just one cost that you have to contend with. 

Weather Damage

Asphalt shingles can be damaged by rain, hail, ice dams, and wind. This weather damage can destroy your roof long before it reaches its expected lifespan. Even if weather damage does not completely destroy your roof, it can still create increased costs. Slate shingles are made from thin strips of rock. They are heavy enough to withstand hurricane-force winds. They will also stand up well to other weather like hail. While slate shingles are not indestructible, they can help to keep your repair costs down.

The cost of slate shingles can be quite high initially, but considering how they will help you to save money over the long run, roofing your home with slate represents a high initial cost, but over the life of your roof, slate is a more cost-effective choice than asphalt-shingles and many other popular roofing choice. Thus, if you can afford the high initial cost of a slate roof, then it makes a wise purchase for your home. Contact a roofing contractor in your area for assistance or additional information.