Okay, so not everyone would consider the topic of shingles to be an exciting one—totally understandable! However, if you’re in the market for a new roof, it certainly can be. Especially, if you’re going for a new look to increase your home’s curb appeal! Whether you’re putting your home on the market soon, you’re old roof is aging, or you’re in the process of creating your dream home, a new roof puts a defining cap on things.
Even if you’re certain that shingles are for you, there are many different options to consider. There are pros and cons to consider such as sustainable wind speeds, cost, and the overall lifespan of your new roof. We’ve put together some information that might help you make the final decision.
Asphalt shingles are by far the most common choice of homeowners in the United States. They’re definitely the most cost-effective roofing material on the market. They’re the quickest to install, come in a wide array of sizes and colors, and protect your home from water infiltration caused by rain or melting snow and ice. Asphalt shingles are very durable. However, rated to withstand wind speeds up to 60 or 70 mph, they may not do as well as other materials in storm-prone areas.
Manufacturers determine the expected lifespan so it’s wise to discuss that factor with the representative. Of course, a longer lifespan usually equates to being a bit more costly.
The industry considers architectural shingles to be the “high-end” of asphalt shingle choices. The sculpted effect makes them more visually appealing. Furthermore, they have an extra laminate layer creating a designed look that more and more homeowners are attracted too. Not only are they considered more aesthetically pleasing than 3-tab shingles, architectural shingles last longer.
Like 3-tab shingles, the lifespan of the product varies, so does the sustainable wind speed. While most manufacturers say their brand sustains wind speeds up to 110 mph, there are some products on the market that claim to survive wind speeds up to 150 mph! It’s easy to see why they’re a better option for homeowners that live in areas prone to high winds either way.
While standing seam metal roofs are the most popular type of metal roof, some people prefer the look of shingles rather than sheets of seamed metal. The cost is certainly more attractive to them as well—metal shingles can cost up to 20-30% less!
Depending on the thickness of the shingle, this roofing material can withstand wind speeds ranging from 90-150 mph. Not to mention, they’re extremely fire resistant and can last from 75 to 100 years!
There are 5 common types of metal roofing:
If you haven’t actually seen one, surely, you’ve seen a picture of an old “haunted” house with curling wood “shakes” forlornly perched atop. It’s always the first thing that pops to mind when I hear the words “wood shakes.” But, hey! Don’t let my visual reference deter you from thinking about this option.
Wood roof coverings are one of the oldest types of roofs and, of course, were usually made of wood found in the region. Moreover, since we’re going retro… I’m compelled to share with you, too, that because they were shaped by hand, the style was unique to the area as well.
Today, however, you can install any wood type or style you choose. Some common wood types are:
Wood roofs withstand the elements and can last up to 30 or 40 years. Of course, you’ll want to make sure your contractor is experienced to ensure proper installation.
Clay tiles are beautiful, expensive, and stand up to the elements so well that they can last 100 years or more! While traditional terra cotta tiles are still available, today, most roofing tiles are made of molded concrete tinted with color. These roofs are popular choices for those that live beneath the sweltering sun for the majority of the year. They’re also very resistant to salt corrosion and are perfect for anyone living near the coast.
Are you environmentally conscious and always looking for the “green” approach? Solar shingles may be for you! They’re relatively new to the market and that makes them the most expensive choice. However, when you consider that you don’t have to install them over your entire roof, the overall savings factor comes into play. Solar shingles actually generate electricity to power your home and work best if installed on the south side of your home. If installed on the east or west sides of a home, they aren’t nearly as efficient.
A bit more expensive than asphalt shingles, rubber roof shingles achieve the same look. On the other hand, they’re manufactured of recycled products and formed to resemble more expensive shake, tile, or slate shingles. In fact, they’re becoming a popular choice for homeowners restoring historic homes. They are able to achieve the period look at a fraction of the cost!
Rubber shingles last up to 25 years and are rated a Class A fire resistant rating. Furthermore, they increase the energy efficiency of your home. A rubber membrane goes in beneath the shingles which accounts in part for the higher cost.
No matter which roofing material you choose, today’s roofing products all present attractive features. Manufacturer guarantees sweeten the deal so be sure to read through them well. There are often installation requirements that will void the guarantee if not followed specifically. A contractor familiar with working with the product is the safest best.
Michelle Williams believes construction is in her DNA. She spent many happy summers on the job site alongside her dad. As time passed, writing became her first love. However, she doesn't hesitate to strap on the tool belt and tackle a project on the side. Her kids love the playhouse!
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