Time For a New Roof: What Type Should You Get?
You’ve tried to put it off as long as you can. You’ve made some repairs along the way, but you’ve now come to the conclusion that it’s finally time to get a new roof. And if you’re going to do it, you’ve been thinking about what type to install. Asphalt Tile, Wood Shake, Tile, or even Metal? Why would you pick one over the other? Do you have to replace your roof with the same type that you have now? How much does each type cost? And does where you live make a difference in what type of roof you can or should install?
These questions all have to be answered when you decide to put on a new roof. And just because you had one type of roof before, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to put on the same kind again. You may, but let’s talk about that.
First off, regardless of what kind of roof you may want to put on, if you live in an HOA, there may be restrictive covenants that govern the type of roof you can install. Not following those rules could place you in a lot of hot, expensive water. So check that our first if it applies to you.
If you aren’t restricted by HOA rules, then you can start thinking about various types of roofs you may want to put on. There are of course pros and cons to each type. Looks, Costs, Durability, and even Functionality. It’s a big decision and not one to take lightly. To get the best information we could find on the subject, we turned to AngiesList.com, a site to review contractors and professionals. According to Angies List, asphalt shingles are the most common and generally least expensive roofing material, but residential roofs can also be made of wood, metal, tile or slate.
Asphalt Shingles are generally the least expensive. They are suitable for a wide range of temperatures.
They can last an average of 20 years but you can buy some with a 50 year life expectancy. They are easier to install and come in several different colors.
Slate and Tile roofs are generally the most expensive way to go. But a slate roof can last up to 100 years. Quality Ceramic Tile roofs can last 50 to 70 years. These kinds of roofs are best for climates where temperature variations are less extreme as ice can damage them. They are also not durable for walking on if roof maintenance from leaves or other things is a common necessity. Some homes may not support the extra weight of a slate or tile roof.
Metal Roofs can be a good choice where snow accumulation is a problem. Snow slides off better. Metal roofs are lighter but can also be noisier in a rainstorm. There are many different colors, but they must be installed properly. Metal roofs can last 20 or more years but may need to be repainted.
Wood Shakes are an environmentally friendly choice. They are more expensive than metal shingles and take more time to install. A good wood roof can last up to 30 years or more. The quality of water runoff is better if you are environmentally concerned. And they can be made from recycled wood products as well. They are not the best choice if you live in an area where fire is a big concern.
They do however, give a home a specific look.
- Check to see what rules you may have to follow in your neighborhood.
- Determine what type of roof is best suited for your climate and maintenance needs.
- Decide how much you have to spend on a roof.
- Make sure your home can support the weight of the roof you choose.
- Choose the color that will look best.
- Get a reliable roof contractor to do the job by checking their reviews and the Better Business Bureau.