Which roofing material you choose is dependent on my factors, including where you live, your personal taste and for many your home owners association. In some regions, metal roofing is often chose as the roofing material due to its fire resistance, and in other locations, Spanish tile roofs are the predominant choice. The pitch of the roof can determine the material as well, where wood shake shingles can be used for roofs with steep pitches but are not the right choice for low-pitched and flat roofs.
HERE IS A QUICK LIST OF THE MOST COMMON MATERIALS
This shingle material is the most commonly used residential shingle type across the United States. They are less expensive and readily available. They are often considered less attractive to other materials because of their lack of dimension, however, the “architectural” style shingle has improved the look and last longer than traditional 3-tap asphalt style.
WOOD SHAKES OR SHINGLES
Wood shingles are often highly desired and considered very attractive type of roofing material. They are also a bit pricey as compared to other options. They are highly durable but are usually not considered in areas with high fire dangers.
Metal roofs are growing in their popularity because of their ability to withstand fire and their overall durability. While they are growing in popularity they are a more expensive roof with prices that fluctuate with the cost of Steel and Aluminum. Although expensive, they are often cost effective because of their exceptional durability.
Often found on more expensive homes, slate roofing offers a unique beauty to your home. While an attractive roof, the material is very heavy and a danger to walk on when wet. They are also difficult to repair if damaged.
Composite roofing is a fancy wat to say the roof is made from a synthetic material like rubber or other man made material. They can be made to closely resemble slate and other forms of stone tile. The benefit is that they are less expensive, easier to install and repair, but don’t last as long as their organic counter parts.
CLAY OR CERAMIC TILE
Also known as the “Spanish-Style” roof, it is very common in many parts of the country for their durability. They are now being replaced by composite and metal roofing but are still a popular option. They are durable against fire hazards but are heavy.
TEAR OFF OR SECOND LAYER?
What was once and acceptable practice of roofing over the top of a preexisting roof at least once is now no longer allowed in many areas. There are many pros and cons of adding a second layer of roofing and this should be very carefully considered before choosing a second (or third) layer option. Here are some pros and cons:
The biggest argument against adding additional layers of asphalt shingles is that the roofing materials can get too heavy for the roof framing. This can be a big problem, especially for older houses. It is often said that a triple layer of asphalt shingles is equal to a single layer of slate shingles, and if the roof support system was not made to handle this weight it can collapse.
Another problem with shingling over existing shingles is that you are repeating some of the surface irregularities that may already be present. If you’re contemplating putting on a new roof, there’s probably a good chance that you may have bubbles, bumps, and waves that should be remedied. Putting new shingles over existing problems can leave you with a rather unattractive new roof. One way to minimize this problem is to go over the old roof and correct as many problems as you can before re-roofing. It doesn’t take much more than a hammer, some roofing nails, and a handful of shingles to correct bumps, gaps, and protruding nails.
The primary advantage to layering is that it reduces the work involved. Stripping off the existing layer and then laying down a new layer adds more work to the process. This isn’t a real problem if roofing professionals are tackling the job—they can strip most roofs in a morning—but if you’re doing the job yourself, it can be a strong argument for roofing right over the old roof.
Several factors go into the cost of a roof, beginning with your choice of roofing materials (ranging from cheap three-tab asphalt shingles up to architectural shingles or even slate). The roofing contractor you choose, the pitch (steepness or your roof), and the square footage of your roof are other factors that affect the cost. If you believe you need your roof replaced or if you suspect a problem and are not sure then request a free estimate. We will inspect your roof and help you determine if a repair or replacement is the best solution and provide an accurate estimate of the job.
If you suspect your roof is damaged or leaking in anyway the smartest decision you can make is to call us right away. Have our team provide a free inspection to give you peace of mind and save you from costly delays in repairing the problem should one exist.
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