Smart Roofing Systems

Commercial and Residential Roofing Contractors in Grand Rapids Michigan

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"We have recommended Smart Roofing Systems to several of our friends who have also been pleased with their work."
- Marshall , Cascade, Michigan

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Comparisons of Home Roofing Materials

There are many types of roofing material to choose from, and it can be daunting to figure out the best solution for your home. Before making your choice let Smart Roofing Systems assist you in this decision. Our team of professionals will get you all the information you need, and advise you to a winning solution to make your home beautiful as well as functional.

Things to consider when comparing roofing materials are:

  • What style do you want for your roof? The look and appearance
  • The second factor should be cost. What is the best for short and long term.
  • The final factor to consider when choosing roofing materials is location. How does the weather in your area effect the roofing material.
Type of Roof Advantages Disadvantages
Asphalt Shingles
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  • Inexpensive
  • Large range of products and durability
  • Great selection of color, types and manufactures
  • Easy to repair
  • Fire resistant
  • Shorter life span 15-30 years
  • Scars easily when hot
  • Moss or mildew issues can arise
  • Environmentally not as sound
Wood Shingles or Shakes
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  • Natural looks weathers to gray
  • Some insulation value
  • Blends with the environment
  • Ease of repair
  • Long lasting 30-50 years
  • More expensive
  • Professional installation
  • Tends to rot, split, mildew
  • Unless pressure treated fire resistant is low
Metal Roofing Materials
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  • Light weight
  • Many color selections
  • Low maintenance
  • Durable
  • Long life span
  • Excellent in weather conditions
  • Repeating for painting possible
  • Expensive
  • Difficult to install
Slate Roofs
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  • Low maintenance
  • Long life span
  • Beautiful, rich look
  • Fireproof
  • Very expensive
  • Specialized installation
  • Heavy
  • Fragile
Engineered PVC/Plastic
  • Lighter weight
  • Long lasting
  • Cost effective
  • Attractive
  • Newer to market
  • Newer to market
Eco-Roofs
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  • Environmentally friendly
  • Low maintenance
  • Can extend the life of the roof with plant selections
  • Provides insulation and sound prevention
  • Attractive
  • Initially expensive
  • Unconventional in the US although very popular in Europe

Call Smart Roofing Systems today for one of our team members to help you choose the best materials and look for your home.

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