What is the Best Type of Roof For Homes In Long Island?

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Whether you're in the market for a roof repair or replacement, an obvious consideration is the type of roofing material you should install. As a homeowner, you are naturally inclined to invest in tougher, long-lasting materials, but based on your location and the corresponding climate conditions, the optimal material type may differ. That’s why we’ve outlined our top picks for the best types of roofing materials for Long Island in terms of durability and longevity.

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Asphalt Roof

The universally familiar option, most homes you’ve seen have asphalt shingles installed on their roofs, and for good reason. Asphalt roofs are cost-effective and available in a variety of colors or designs to best suit your preferences. Unfortunately, they possess a relatively brief lifespan of 20 years, which could be cut shorter by improper or neglected maintenance.  Also, as a consequence of the petroleum required to manufacture asphalt roofing, they cannot be recycled effectively.

Cedar/Wood Shake Roof

An enduring classic, cedar/wood shake weather to a striking silver or gray appearance over time, perfectly complementing the natural foliage of your neighborhood. Cedar/wood shake also boast the added benefits of high resistance to windy conditions as well as being a great insulator during harsher winter temperatures. As a result of cedar/wood shake being thicker than shingles, they can last up to a decade longer, possessing a lifespan of 30+ years as well as being 100% recyclable.


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Slate Roof

Since time immemorial, slate tiles have been sought-after for their regal, high-end appearance – but that isn’t the only reason. Due to the way the slate tiles interlock, they shed snow significantly better than their counterparts, making them a fantastic choice for colder climates such as New York. Since they are available in lighter and white colors, they can be designated as a “cool” roof, saving you money on your energy bills. They’re no slouches in the longevity department either, boasting a lifespan of 50+ years.

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Metal Roof

While not as coveted as slate or as commonplace as asphalt, metal is increasingly becoming a more desirable alternative to traditional roofing materials. One of the many selling points of metal roofs include their resistance to a host of inclement weather conditions such as heavy snowfall, high winds, hail, lightning and wildfires. Due to the interlocking nature of the standing seam panels employed in their construction, metal roofs are very durable and require little to no maintenance.  The potential lifespan of a metal roof can last up to and beyond 50 years.

Metal roofs are a no-brainer for those who value energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. Not only are they 100% recyclable, metal roofs have the potential to absorb up to 90% of solar radiation, depending on the paint and coating chosen.

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Joseph Elshazly
Joseph Elshazly
Joseph Elshazly is the President and Chief Marketing Officer of Rapid Restoration Group. "Skills are cheap, passion is priceless" is the motto he lives by.

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