If your roof is starting to get old, you may be considering getting a new roof, but which material should you choose? There are many options from which to choose, but some may be better than others for your needs. To help you determine which roof material is the right for you, consider these three factors.
Cost of Materials
Money is likely the first consideration for any project, and a new roof is no different. Different materials vastly range in price. Asphalt shingles are the most affordable option, costing $50 per roofing square. Metal roofs are also on the affordable end, but they cost about $100 per roofing square. However, metal roofs tend to last much longer than asphalt roofs. An asphalt roof may last up to 30 years, but a metal roof can last almost twice that long. Therefore, asphalt may be cheaper initially, but it will cost you more in the long run because you'll need to replace your roof more often.
Strength of Your Roof
Asphalt, wood and metal are lighter roofing materials. Most roofs are strong enough to hold these roofs and any snow or debris that may collect. However, clay and slate tile are heavy materials, so if you want a slate tile roof, you may need to pay more to add structural support to your roof so it doesn't collapse under the weight of itself. Your roofer will be able to determine if your roof is strong enough or if you need to add support. Your roofer may also suggest a lighter material if your roof is not steep. Steeper roofs let heavy snow fall off.
In an ideal world, you have your new asphalt roof installed and it lasts 30 years with no work from you. However, if you don't maintain your roof, it likely won't last long. Every roofing material needs some level of maintenance, but some require more work than others. Slate and metal require some of the least amount of work, but asphalt also requires little. You may need to eliminate moss occasionally. Wood requires more work to protect it from decay caused by rain or bugs.
If you aren't sure which roofing material is right for you, it's a good idea to consider all your options. You don't have to stick with what you're used to. For more information regarding roofs, contact a roofer in your area today.
Hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Wendy, and after traveling through many parts of the world as I worked on a degree in anthropology with a minor in architecture, I learned a lot. I saw how people took different approaches to the same issue (putting a roof on their home), but more importantly, I noticed how those approaches were dictated by the climate and culture in the area. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people in North America build roofs that are traditional rather than roofs that are the right fit for the climate. If you are interested in exploring the latter idea, I'm here to help. These posts look at the best way to get a roof that protects you from the elements. Explore, enjoy and send your friends over to my blog. Thanks!