June 2002

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Steep-slope roof covering options

by Tom Bollnow
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Most consumers, roof system designers and roofing contractors choose asphalt shingles for steep-slope roof coverings. Asphalt shingle products, the most widely used steep-slope roof covering in the United States, are available in a wide array of styles and colors. This variety enables asphalt shingles to satisfy a majority of aesthetic and economic criteria for steep-slope structures.

Other conventional materials used for steep-slope roof coverings include wood shakes and shingles, slate, clay and concrete tile, and standing-seam metal panels. Although they enjoy a lesser share of the steep-slope roofing market than asphalt shingles, each of these products has a definite market niche.

In addition to these conventional materials, an assortment of new, nontraditional steep-slope roof coverings are available. This product group includes plastic or resin-based tile, simulated slate and wood, synthetic slate and tile, individual metal shingles, horizontal metal panels, and natural and synthetic thatch.

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