The Best Roofing Materials for Your HomeMarch 31, 2014
Homeowners are upgrading and replacing their roofing with for a number of reasons. Roofing can become outdated and warrant a makeover. Rising heating and cooling costs could be offset by a renovation or upgrade. An aging roof could be potentially dangerous to residents in the event of inclement weather. There is no shortage of roofing options available to those planning to upgrade or replace the roofing for the home.
Overview of roofing solutions for your home
A variety of materials can be used in roofing but there are several types that are more popular for use in construction. The first, and perhaps most common, type is asphalt. The asphalt shingle can last up to 25 years. As one of the more affordable types of roofing, it costs $50 per square. This material is easy to work with and install. Wood has a nostalgic feel with a life expectancy of 25 years and costs twice as much as the asphalt option. Metal is a sustainable and durable type of roofing with a life expectancy over 50 years. The roofing costs $250 per square feet. Depending on the variety of roofing chosen, the price could get to just under a thousand per square.
Tile and cement are reminiscent of the traditional Spaniard style of roofing. The costly roofing system features modest waves that add a sense of elegance to any feature. Tiling can range anywhere from $700 to $1,000 per square foot and can easily last 75 years.
What makes one solution better than another for your home?
If longevity is the goal, metal and clay tiling are more appropriate for your home. All of these types of roofing materials can last longer than 50 years and provide a better return on your investment. All types of roofing are easy to maintain if a tiling option is chosen because a part or section of the roof can be replaced. If energy is a goal, then the metal roofing can be ideal for a home in its ability to lower heating costs. Clay tiling can optimize the heat transfer process and can also improve energy costs for the home. Most tiles come in different color options, so style and preference can be satisfied with any of the choices.
Whether you’re considering a roof upgrade or replacing an existing system, prioritize your style, energy costs and life cycle goals. Contact a roofing specialist today to learn more about the many options available to you.
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