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Quiz: How Much do you Know about Roofing Materials?
by Staff
A roof is an essential part of a house, but roof maintenance can be a hassle. Different roofing materials have different life spans, and each comes with its advantages and disadvantages. Take this quiz to see how much you know roofing materials.

Why are metal roofs becoming more and more popular?

  • They're cheap.
  • They're easy to repair.
  • They last a long time.

Who can install a metal roof?

  • a college graduate
  • an engineer
  • a roofing professional

What are the most common materials used for metal roofing?

  • aluminum and steel
  • copper and aluminum
  • copper and zinc

How can metal roofing help you reduce your cooling bills in the summer?

  • It lets more heat escape.
  • It's fire-resistant.
  • It reflects sunlight.

How long do copper or aluminum roofs last?

  • 20 years
  • 50 years
  • 75 years

What sort of coating is used to prevent steel roofing from rusting?

  • zinc
  • paint
  • both of the above

Why might stainless steel be a better option than steel?

  • It's less expensive
  • It doesn't rust.
  • It looks more natural.

What is the concern with aluminum becoming such a popular roofing option?

  • It will run out.
  • All houses will look the same.
  • The demand will push prices too high.

What color does copper turn after exposure to the elements?

  • blue
  • silver
  • green

Why are alloys a good roofing option?

  • They're flexible.
  • They're cheap.
  • They're lightweight.

What are roofing underlayments used for?

  • to strengthen the roof
  • to act as a weather barrier
  • to prevent animals getting into the roof

How do some roofing underlayments protect roof installers?

  • with built-in sunscreen
  • with a nonskid surface
  • with built-in cooling

How long can modern underlayments be exposed for without becoming damaged?

  • three months
  • six months
  • a year

Which natural disaster increased the use of synthetic roof underlayments?

  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Boxing Day Tsunami
  • Haiti Earthquake

If you have a chimney in your roof, what is the minimum height it should be?

  • level with the lowest point of the roof
  • level with the midpoint of the roof
  • level with the highest point of the roof