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Asphalt vs. Slate Roofing

A close up of a roof's corner and edges. You can see that the roof uses grey asphalt shingles.

Your home’s exterior is one of the most important things to keep sturdy! Especially when you consider how harsh New England weather can be, fortifying your exterior with the proper materials is paramount to ensuring it’s long term health. One of the most critical elements of your home’s exterior is your roofing. Choosing the right material for your home is a great way of solidifying its long term health, but what works best for your home? It’s important to know the advantages and disadvantages of each material to get the best results. We go over two of the most common materials – asphalt and slate roofing – below!

Asphalt Roofing

Using asphalt shingles for roofing material has become one of the most common practices in the country, and there are plenty of good reasons behind it! Asphalt roofing is by far the cheapest roofing material to install. Much of the reason for this is because asphalt shingles are very lightweight and easy to install. Their weight also ensures that you won’t have to fit your home with extra fortifications in order to support the shingles. While a less important aspect of your home, curb appeal is another factor that’s boosted by the addition of asphalt shingles. They come in a variety of different colors and sizes that can best compliment your home’s color.

With asphalt shingles, however, there’s one major drawback that you’ll have to consider before you buy them: longevity. Asphalt shingles provide extraordinary protection from the elements with the cost of having them deteriorate much faster than other materials. With how cheap they are, however, they should be easily replaced!

Slate Roofing

Slate roofing is one of the oldest roofing materials out there, being used as far back as several hundred years ago! There’s a big reason why this roofing material has withstood the test of time, and it’s tied to the biggest benefit that slate roofing has to offer: longevity! When it comes to the longevity of roofing materials, slate roofing cannot be beat. It’s impervious to moisture and fire, which gives slate roofing superior resistance to the elements. You may never need to replace a slate roof once it’s installed! Speaking of which, that may be the most difficult part of the process. Slate roofing is prone to break when it’s installed improperly, so you should trust the best contractors for the job when you install them. It’s also a little on the expensive side, but well worth the price tag for its benefits.

Roof Installation with Capital Construction

Regardless of which type of roofing you think is best for your home, Capital Construction Contracting is the best company to work with to install them! We’ve helped connect homeowners with the best fortifications for their home’s exterior, and we want to use our proven expertise to help your home. To protect your home from the tribulations of New England weather, click here to contact us directly!

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