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1. Synthetic tiles. Synthetic roof tiles can offer authentic looks in replicating traditional materials such as slate, shakes and shingles, but with the advantages of lower cost and maintenance. Often molded from rubber and plastic-based materials, these options are constructed in a uniform, predictable manner that eases installation. They also come in numerous colors to fit your specific architectural palette. Drawbacks can include a lack of authentic appearance, and this is especially true in some of the extremely affordable, cost-saving alternatives. Some newer products are not time-tested in the same way older, more popular alternatives are.But synthetic tiles are gaining popularity for good reason. They can be inexpensive and reliable, and sometimes look nearly identical to the natural materials they are meant to emulate.
3. Roofing. Here's a good example of a project where even if you feel you have the skills to perform the task safely and properly, you may not be able to complete the project in a short enough period of time to avoid exposing your home to damage from rain. If you can't get your roofing project done in a couple days, don't start it. Even professionals can underestimate the time a project will take to complete, so you may want to double your estimate.
Recycled-Content Shingle RoofPros: A growing number of shingles on the market today have recycled content, from those that mimic the look of cedar shakes (like these from EcoStar) to recycled slate-look shingles (like these available at Green Depot). These options provide an appealing lower-cost alternative to pricey slate and sustainable wood, while still offering green benefits like a manufacturer recycling program and a 50-year product life span.Cons: From what I have seen, none of the recycled-content shingles on the market today are available in white, so cooling benefits may not be optimal (though this may change, as new products are continuously being developed).Find a local roofer in your area