Whether you’re in need of a roof repair or are simply looking to invest in roof replacement, finding one can be a little difficult. There are a lot of things to consider when looking for a new roof. You’ll also need to weigh the pros and cons. If you’re struggling to determine which roof is best for your home, we’ve got you covered.
WHAT YOU NEED TO LOOK FOR IN A ROOF
The first rule of thumb when it comes to roof hunting is to determine what you need. Every roof is different and caters to specific needs.
Here is a list of things you need to consider when trying to find the best roof:
- How much it’s going to cost
- How well it will withstand harsh weather and natural disasters
- If the roof has a reasonable slope
- The weight of the roof, so it doesn’t destroy the roof framing of the house
In addition, it’s important to know whether the materials are eco-friendly if the building code allows the type of roofing and how long the roof is going to last.
Out of all these factors, the cost, durability and longevity of the roof are the most important. You don’t want to end up with a roof that costs too much and will/constantly be in a state of disrepair.
TYPES OF ROOFING
Now that you know what to look for in a roof, let’s go over a few of the types of roofing that you can choose for your home.
If you’re looking for an affordable type of roofing that’s viable in all sorts of conditions, then asphalt shingles are what you’re looking for. Asphalt shingles are actually the most commonly purchased type of roofing to date. Asphalt shingles don’t last as long as other types of roofing.
In most cases, they can last up to 20 years, but you may be able to squeeze an extra 10 years if you keep them in good condition. However, the viability of asphalt shingles depends on their quality.
Tile roofs are very popular in areas that experience hot weather or are close to the ocean. They were traditionally made from clay or terra cotta, but in the modern day they are typically made from concrete. They come in a variety of styles, including curved, flat, fluted, and interlocking.
Tile roofs are heavy and admittedly one of the most expensive options available, but they are also one of the most durable types of roofing on the market — they can last up to 100 years!
If you thought metal roofing had high durability and longevity, wait until you’re introduced to slate roofing. This type of roof can last up to 100 years if given the proper maintenance.
Slate roofing is also waterproof, immune to fire and can even withstand mold. However, like metal roofing, slate roofing isn’t cheap. It’s also very heavy and could potentially break if someone were to step on it.
Synthetic slate roofing is an up-and-coming alternative to traditional slate tile. It’s more expensive than true slate, but it’s substantially lighter than natural stone, more durable, faster and easier to install, and is resistant to fire, impact, wind, and fading. This makes it a good fit for installation in just about any part of the country.
Synthetic slate roofs last about 100 years, and are typically warrantied for 50 years. This is about the same as real slate, but with much less maintenance.
To be honest, there is no surefire way to determine which type of roofing is better. That’s a decision only you can make, although you can narrow it down depending on the type and location of your home. As you consider, make sure to take into account the local weather, how much you’re willing to spend and whether or not you want an eco-friendly roofing option. If you need help, August Roofing and Solar will be more than happy to assist you. Contact us today to learn how we can meet all of your roofing needs.