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The use of more durable roofing materials such as steel and fiber cement increases the durability and reduces the frequency of replacement. Light colors of roofing absorb less heat, which in turn reduces the cost of cooling during summer. Gutters and downspouts are used to move the rainwater away from the house to help avoid water intrusion. If a rainwater harvesting system is used, the gutter and downspouts, in conjunction with the roof, become part of the collection system.

Various manufacturers now include recycled materials in their roofing products and metal roofing can be recycled. New photovoltaic products are available that integrate into asphalt shingles, standing seam metal roof panels, slate and fiber cement tiles.


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