Not all roofing materials are created alike! Each new roof option has its own advantages and disadvantages, and those choices vary greatly when it comes to price and appearance as well as expected lifespan, repair costs, and even environmental impact.
Popular roofing materials include:
New roof costs are often a costly investment for homeowners and rarely covered by an insurance policy! This is why it’s vital that you take all the time needed to investigate your options, compare prices and durability, and find the best choice for your home.
Note, too, that your roof contractor can also offer lots of personalized advice for your roofing needs, including the right choice for your home’s exterior style as well as local weather conditions. Taking the time to compare options and note their input can mean a beautiful roof you’ll love for years to come!
Note a few added details about the top rated roofing materials used for homes today. Remember that this is not an exhaustive list or all the factors to consider, but use this information to discuss your options with your roofing contractor. You can then choose the right material for your home and budget!
When considering your roofing material choices, don’t make a decision based on your purchase and installation price alone! Investing in a high-quality metal roof, as an example, might mean a higher installation cost but fewer repair bills down the road. Metal is so durable that you also might never need to replace it, which also means lower roofing and home improvement costs over time.
Along with potential future repair and replacement costs, it’s also important that homeowners consider a roof style. You might not think a roof is that important when it comes to your home’s appearance but many homeowners are surprised at how much a new roof installation adds to a home’s overall curb appeal.
Note, too, that a roof provides lots of insulation for a home’s interior, keeping out hot and cold air as well as excess humidity, while helping keep in your heated and cooled air. A high-quality metal roof or thick clay roof might offer more insulation than standard asphalt shingles, an important consideration if you live in an area with extremes in temperature and humidity.
If you’re very eco-conscious, note environmental factors of various roof materials as well. If you can place a lightweight metal roof over the home’s existing roof, that keeps those shingles or other materials out of landfills and means no energy used to recycle them! You might also ask your roofing contractor if he or she can obtain shingles, panels, tiles, and other pieces made with recycled or reclaimed materials. This also reduces waste and ensures an environmentally friendly roof overhead!
A homeowner would do well to schedule annual roof inspections for their home, so a roofing contractor can note signs of storm damage, missing shingles or tiles, and other needed repairs. If you put off this inspection or haven’t scheduled one recently, you might note some signs that it’s time for roof repairs or a new residential roof installation.
Since roofs help insulation a home, as said, you might note if interior spaces suddenly seem drafty, overly humid, hot and stuffy, or otherwise uncomfortable throughout the year. While weather-stripping around doors and windows can help, these conditions might also indicate roof holes and leaks, worn and thin shingles, and other such damage.
While a full inspection by a qualified roofing contractor can note damaged areas on your home’s roof, you might also examine it from the sidewalk or across the street on occasion. Do you see large dark spots on the roof that might indicate water damage, or sagging areas? Do the shingles curl or bulge in some spots?
Can you spot missing shingles from your vantage point? Is there moss, mold, mildew, or algae growing along the roof eaves? All of these are signs of potential roof damage and needed repairs or replacement. Schedule a roof inspection as quickly as possible if you notice any of these issues with your homes’ roof, and be prepared for a full-scale roof replacement.
One last consideration when it comes to a potential roof replacement is the roof’s age. Over time, you simply cannot replace enough worn shingles or tiles and damaged flashing to ensure a strong, durable roof. Roof decking, the plywood under those shingles and tiles, also wears out after so many years. Depending on the materials of your current roof, you might be facing the need for a roof replacement simply because it’s too old and worn for repairs.
Do brand names matter when choosing roofing materials?
Once you’ve narrowed down your choice of roofing material, you might need to choose a particular brand of shingle, tile, metal, and so on. Rather than worrying about brand names, note their individual warranties, thickness, fire rating, and other such details that indicate quality materials. Many national brand name roofing material manufacturers offer longer warranties on their materials, which can mean lower repair and replacement costs over time.
Can you install new roofing materials over existing shingles or tiles?
First note that local building codes often dictate how many roofing layers are allowed on a home, and those codes might take into account your home’s age, the current roofing materials, your new roof material, and so on. For example, lightweight metal might be allowed over one or two layers of shingles, while heavy shingles might only be allowed in one or two layers. To find out if you can avoid a tear-off and have a new roof installed over the current roof, consult with a roofing contractor near you.