More Than 80 Percent of Homeowners Looking For New, High Performance Building Materials

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Four out of five homeowners would prefer new durable, long-lasting and low maintenance products for their roofing and decking projects. The findings are from a recent survey conducted for TAMKO Building Products, Inc., a leading building products manufacturer, by national research firm Synovate.

Four out of five homeowners would prefer new durable, long-lasting and low maintenance products for their roofing and decking projects. The findings are from a recent survey conducted for TAMKO Building Products, Inc., a leading building products manufacturer, by national research firm Synovate.

When replacing their roof, more than half of homeowners would choose asphalt roofing materials, however synthetic slate or shake shingles and metal shingles are gaining in popularity, as more than 85 percent of homeowners are looking for products with greater wind, impact and fire resistance. Wind and impact resistance are most important among homeowners in the southern United States, while fire resistance is key throughout the country. Long product life is also crucial, as more than 80 percent of those surveyed want products with warranties up to 50 years.

"Homeowners said they want products that can stand up to Mother Nature, but with a minimum of maintenance work," said Stephen McNally, TAMKO's vice president of sales and marketing. As examples, he said TAMKO offers roofing materials such as Lamarite Slate and Lamarite Shake Composite Shingles, and MetalWorks Steel Shingles that are UL listed for Class-A fire and wind resistance and are offered with a 50-year limited warranty.

"TAMKO composite materials, such as Lamarite, are manufactured from a combination of innovative materials, making them exceptionally durable and low maintenance," McNally said.

For decking upgrades, the majority of homeowners are looking for low maintenance, durable alternatives to wood. Survey participants ranked the following features as most important in decking materials: boards that won't warp; excellent slip resistance; warranty of 25 years or more; splinter resistance; no painting, staining or sanding required; and the look of real wood in a composite material.

McNally said, "For homeowners who want the beauty of a wood deck without the hassles, low maintenance composite decking materials, like TAMKO's EverGrain and Elements composite decking lines, are ideal."

McNally recommends that homeowners research building material options then consult with their roofing or decking contractors to determine the best product for their specific needs.

For more information about the recent homeowner survey or about TAMKO's roofing and decking products, please contact Ron Cook at (800) 641-4691, ext. 2245.

About TAMKO

TAMKO® Building Products, Inc. is one of the nation's largest independent manufacturers of residential and commercial roofing products (including Lamarite® composite Slate and Shake and Metalworks® Steel Shingles), decking and railing products, waterproofing, cements, and coatings. With more than 60 years in the industry, TAMKO's success is the direct result of teamwork and enduring relationships with customers, suppliers and employees. Privately owned, TAMKO is committed to producing top-quality products with superior product support. For more information about TAMKO or its warranty, visit our Web site at http://www.tamko.com.

Note to editors and writers -- The correct capitalization of the company name is TAMKO, due to the fact that it is an acronym. The letters stand for Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma -- the company's original trade area when founded in 1944. TAMKO's trade area is now all 50 states and a number of foreign countries.

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