If you are in the market for a new roof installation, then you may want to explore your choices. Unlike 20 years ago, today there are several accessible and affordable roofing options. There are several factors that you should consider when selecting a new roof material:
Budget - Budget is an important determining factor and will help you limit your choices. New roof installations vary according to material. For example, an asphalt shingled roof replacement or installation (for an average 2,000 square foot home) can cost anywhere between $2,000-$12,000. The cost for a metal roof installation or replacement is almost double that amount.
Longevity - Do you plan on living in your home for many years? If so, then it may be worth the investment to purchase a long-lasting roof type, such as metal roofing. Metal roofing can last more than 50 years (if well maintained), while conventional asphalt shingles last an average of 20 years.
Design - Are you interested in adding curb appeal and value to your home? All new roof installations will increase your curb appeal and home value, however, some roofing types, such as metal roofing can increase your home's value by an average of 1%-6%. Concrete roofs and metal roofs provide the most design options.
Roofing Contractor - Hiring only licensed and reputable roofing contractors will guarantee that your roof is properly installed. Check that the company's license is valid and that past customers were satisfied.
Types of Roofing
Asphalt shingles are currently the most common roofing shingles used in the United States. There are several color options and choices. Asphalt shingled roofs require lots of maintenance and often experience leaks after a decade or so.
Concrete Roof Tiles
These roof tiles provide natural noise insulation and are common in southwestern states. There are dozens of color choices. Concrete roof tiles are extremely durable. They can last over 50 years, are easy to maintain and are fireproof and resistant to high winds.
Metal roofing is one of the strongest roofing materials available. Metal roofing includes copper and steel roofing tiles. The style, design and color selection is extremely vast. Metal roofs last a minimum of 50 years without much maintenance.
Also called photovoltaic shingles, solar roof shingles are photovoltaic cells designed to look like conventional asphalt shingles. The shingles use sunlight and transform it into energy to be used in a home. Solar roof shingles are a new product and are expensive. They cost an average of $15,000 for an approximately 2,000 square foot home.
Wood-shingled roofs were one of the first roofing types used in North America. Today, they are one of the least types of shingles installed. Wood shingles are a fire hazard and require a lot of maintenance. One benefit is that the wood shingles are easy to repair and replace. Wood shingles are popular for cabins, sheds and small country homes.
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