In Part 1 of Putting a New Roof on Your House, we explained what issues to look for to determine if your roof needs to be replaced as well as how to locate a certified roofing inspection. The next step, selecting the best roofing products for your roof is the focus of Part 2.
Types of Roofing Materials
Today’s technologies have enabled manufacturers to develop many types of roofing materials that are both resilient and look fantastic, adding value and curb appeal to your home. Here are some of the more common types of roofing materials:
Asphalt Shingles: Most homeowners install asphalt shingles on their roof. Why? Simply because of the cost, ease of installation, and variety of color options. Asphalt shingles can be reinforced with either fiberglass or with an organic material, such as cellulose. Even though asphalt shingles are cost effective and can be installed with little trouble, the downside is that they do not last as long as other products, with most averaging between 20 to 25 years before replacement is required.
Metal: Somewhat surprisingly, metal roofs are become more popular. Metal roofing materials include aluminum, copper, zinc, and stainless steel. They are available as shingles or installed in long sheets. Metal roofs are popular because they last long, are lightweight (making installation easy), and are a recyclable material. However, such roofing is also expensive when compared to other types of roofing materials. Unlike asphalt shingles that last between 20 to 25 years, metal roofing can last between 40 and 75 years!
Slate: Some consider slate as the premier material to roof your house. Homeowners like slate because it is quite durable, is available in multiple colors (allowing you to create patterns), is recyclable, and is resistant to fire. However, slate costs significantly more than other types of roofing materials. Slate roofing can last up to 100 years. Note that since slate is so heavy, it will require an expert that knows how to frame the roof correctly so that it can be installed properly.
Synthetic Roofing Options: Technological advances continue to help manufacturers create newer roofing options created from synthetic (or man made) materials. Such materials vary in cost as well as in quality. Newer products may have not been on the market long enough to determine their lifespan. However, the goal of most synthetic roofing products is to provide the consumer with an economical option that is easy to maintain and is fire-resistant.
Before you invest in a new roof, it is recommended that you do research on various roofing products and visit with homeowners that have recently installed the type of roof you are also interested in installing on your home.
Part 3 of this series on Putting a New Roof on Your House with explain what to consider when re-roofing your home.