Whether you need to replace an old roof or pick out a roof for a brand new home, you have an overwhelming number of options to choose from. The sheer variety of options means that there is likely at least one material that is perfect for your needs. To help you find that perfect material, here is an introduction to one of the rising stars in the roofing world: plastic polymer roofs.
What does a plastic polymer roof look like?
One of the biggest advantages of a plastic polymer roof is that it can look like just about any material that you want. If you want to have a slate, asphalt, cedar, or clay roof, then plastic polymer can be used to create a convincing synthetic imitation.
However, your roof won't necessarily look quite as good as the real thing. Upon close inspection, an experienced individual would be able to tell the difference between your synthetic roof and the real thing, but such a situation probably won't arise too often.
How much will you expect to pay for a plastic polymer roof?
Plastic polymer roofs will often cost a fraction of more expensive options, while simultaneously offering comparable aesthetics. For example, a synthetic slate roof will cost you $4.33 per square foot at the least. A real slate roof will cost you $7.82 at the least, which is close to twice the price.
Comparing prices can get a little confusing since many sellers will advertise prices for a square. In terms of roofing, a square is 10 feet by 10 feet, which means that it is 100 times the price of an individual square foot.
Fortunately, plastic polymer roofs are also a bit cheaper to install than other roofs, purely because they tend to be a lot lighter. This results in less intensive manual labor, which can make the job easier for you if you do plan on installing the roof on your own.
How much maintenance does a plastic polymer roof require?
Plastic won't require too much maintenance, but you will need to be careful about the possibility of damage. Depending on the extent and nature of the damage (for instance, a rock hitting your roof versus natural wear and tear due to exposure to the elements), you may need to replace a single tile or entire sections of your roof. Plastic isn't necessarily as durable as other options, which means that repairs may be more frequently needed with plastic roofs.
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