When your roof is approaching the end of its lifespan, you’ve got to start thinking about getting a roof replacement. One of the biggest dilemmas a homeowner will face is what roofing materials to use. Different roofing materials each possess their own strengths and weaknesses. Here is some basic information on popular roofing materials used for a roof replacement.
Top Materials for a Roof Replacement
- Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are popular for a roof replacement because they are economical and easy to install. These shingles can be reinforced with fiberglass or organic materials without changing the appearance of the shingle. Asphalt comes in a variety of colors, is widely available and is one of the least expensive materials, but has a shorter life span than other roofing materials. It also doesn’t provide the insulation other materials offer, and the quality varies. Asphalt shingles work with many architectural styles, especially traditional suburban styles. Prices range from $70 to $120 a square and, if maintained properly, shingles will last 20 to 25 years.
- Clay and Concrete Tiles
Clay and concrete tiles add texture and elegance to a roof. Genuine flat, ribbed or scalloped clay tiles are extremely durable but also very heavy, and must be installed by a professional. Concrete tiles are versatile and are less expensive than genuine clay, but also have a heavy weight. Clay and concrete tiles are long-lasting and non-combustible, and concrete tiles are energy efficient. The downside is they are expensive, heavy and usually require additional framing. They work well with Mediterranean, Mission, Southwestern and Spanish-style homes. Prices start around $300 to $500 a square and, if maintained properly, tiles will last around 40 to 50 years.
- Metal Roofing
Metal roofs are resistant to extreme weather conditions. Available in two types (panels and shingles), metal roofs come in aluminum, copper, stainless steel and zinc. Metal roofing is durable, lasts longer than asphalt or wood, and offers high solar reflectance, but is relatively expensive. Metal looks great on bungalows, cabins, contemporary and cottage-style homes. Prices usually start around $100 to $300 a square, but some styles can cost $600 to $800 a square. Metal roofing can last 40 to 75 years.
Offering lots of beauty and a distinctive elegant appearance, slate colors include shades of black, green, grey, red and purple. Slate is very durable, fire-resistant and a sustainable roof that can be recycled. It is, however, expensive, heavy, and requires extra framing and professional installation. The quality can vary with imported slate. Slate works well with Colonial, European and French chateau homes. Prices start at about $600 a square and up. Slate can last more than 50 years and sometimes 100 years or more, making it the longest lasting roof replacement roofing material.
- Wood Shingles and Shake
Many homeowners love the look of wood shingles and shakes and how they weather to an attractive shade of gray. Wood shakes are handmade and rougher-looking than wood shingles, which are usually cut by machine. If you live in a fire-prone area, look for Class A fire-rated wood roofing products that include shingles treated with a fire-resistant coating. Wood shingles offer a rustic look and are a natural product usually made from cedar, redwood and southern pine, but fire codes in some areas prohibit use. Wood shingles can be a concern in wet climates, and can mold, split or rot. Shake’s rustic aesthetic pairs well with bungalow, Cape Cod, cottage, Craftsman and Tudor-style homes. Prices start at around $100 to $150 a square and will last around 25 to 30 years.
- Synthetic Roofing Products
There are now synthetic roofing products available for a roof replacement. Materials include rubber, plastic and polymer roofing, which are developed to give you the color, look and texture of natural materials like slate and wood. These products are designed to be strong and easy to maintain. Some of these materials are fire-resistant. Synthetic roofing is often not as fragile, heavy or expensive as natural products, but come can absorb water and the quality varies. Newer products aren’t as time-tested as traditional materials. Synthetic roofing products work with different architectural styles. Prices start at about $300 a square, and are warrantied for up to 50 years.
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