Today's Choices

The choices in the past were easier to make. There was shingle, there was shake, and then there was composition roofing. We rarely used metal roofs on residential construction, and relegated the use of ceramic tile roofs to Southern California. The dozens of roofing products on the market today make the choice a little more difficult.

In addition to the far greater choice in roofing materials, homeowners today can benefit from a large variety of roofing materials and products. Many products are being developed in response to the shortcomings of older roofing materials, the demands of modern building techniques, and ever more stringent building codes.

For example, most of today's building materials are tested for their fire resistance and flame spread, and are rated according to flame resistance standards. Similarly, most roofing materials are covered by a manufacturer's warranty, with typical warranties ranging from 20 to 40 years.

See also Q&A #20: Roofs, Topics: Cedar Roofs

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