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Alternatives to Basic Asphalt Shingles That Could Give Your Home Improved Curb Appeal

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When you have a new roof put on your home, you might get asphalt shingles that are identical to what you have now. However, you might want a different look if you're ready to freshen the appearance of your home. Here are some ideas for types of new roofing that could improve the curb appeal of your home and give your property a new look.

Composite Cedar Shakes

While you could have a new cedar shake roof put on, you may not like the expense or the maintenance that comes along with a real wood roof. A good alternative is composite roofing shaped like cedar shakes. This type of roofing is identical in appearance to real wood when it comes to color, grooves, and deep grain. However, composite roofing is much easier to maintain. Composite roofs are fire and impact resistant. They don't split, mold, or attract insects. If you buy quality materials, your roof won't look like it's plastic at all. Instead, your home will have the appearance of being topped with expensive wood shakes.

Metal Slate Shingles

Slate is another type of luxury roofing that isn't suitable for all homes because it's expensive and heavy. Instead of slate, you could have metal shingles installed that are manufactured to look like slate tiles. The shingles are shaped to look like real slate with irregular sizes and some fake chips and crack lines. The colors match colors of natural slate so the roofing appears authentic. A benefit of choosing metal is that it is easy to care for and durable enough to last for decades. Metal that looks like slate can give your home a luxury appearance for a lower cost.

Composite or Metal Clay Tiles

Clay tiles add beauty to just about any home, but they aren't ideal for certain climates. Clay tiles are most popular in warm climates. Plus, they're heavy and not suitable for all houses. If you love the look of clay barrel tiles, you can get the same look by installing composite or metal roofing that's colored and shaped to look like clay barrel tiles. You can buy the shingles made to look like the roof is already worn by the weather so the tiles have a multicolor look. Both composite and metal shingles are durable and easy to maintain, so they are good roofing choices for all homes.

Architectural Shingles

If you'd rather have an asphalt shingle roof, you can still change your roof's appearance by upgrading to architectural shingles that have a multi-dimensional appearance. They give your roof an interesting look and you'll still have asphalt shingles that you know how to monitor and repair.

These shingles can be made to look like wood shakes or slate tile, and although the effect isn't completely authentic, your roof will have a fresh new look that enhances the curb appeal of your property.