A Roof Over Every Head
When selecting a new roof for your old home or choosing a roof for your new home, the first major consideration will be the roofing material. There are many options here that serve any purpose; functional, beautiful and even durable roofs to cater to your needs for whimsy, beauty or cool practicality.
What you Need to Know about Roofing Materials
“There will be several important factors to include in this important decision,” says Chris from Crest Roofers. “Certain roofing materials will be better suited to regions where heavy rain or snowfall is common, There are also unique thermal roofing options for areas with exceptionally high solar exposure during the summer, which helps to cut back on cooling expenses.”
Furthermore, slanted roofs may require materials a flat roof will not need and vice versa. Not every option is suitable for every roof; it is always best to discuss your plans for a roof with a qualified roofing contractor before making any final decisions.
Remember, especially complex roofs featuring elaborate turrets, gables and skylights will have special needs that will affect the cost of installation, be sure to review all the expenses for the project with an expert before beginning.
Following is a list of the most Common Roofing Options along with some information on their specific applications.
This is a favorite of the handy DIY enthusiast, both because it is easy to install and also the most cost-effective option. Asphalt shingles are a simple sheet of fiberglass that has been treated with tar or asphalt and a rough texture of granules.
Prices for Asphalt
Roofing usually ranges near $50 for a square ft., which is 10X10 or 100 sq.ft. Costs can start much lower and reach much higher for this roofing option that can proffer 15 to 25 years of dependable use, depending on the quality of material and installation.
This roofing material has been in use since humans have been building roofed houses and it is still an attractive and beautiful option. While certain areas have fire code regulations against wooden tiles, most regions can make use of the many styles motif and options available from wooden tiles. Prices begin at a mere $100 per square ft. that will last up to 30 years or more with proper care and maintenance.
These options will reward metal those looking for a durable roofing option. Copper, steel, aluminum, and lead are all top sellers as durable as they are costly. Make sure you are working with a structure that could hold the weight of this material.
While this option will last a minimum of forty years (ask about warranties) the cost can be high; $250 per square ft., and higher as you begin to consider the aesthetic additions for the roof.
Ceramic Tiles and Terracotta
For that Spanish Colonial or Mission look, there is nothing like the wavy look of terracotta or ceramic tiles. While these tend to be a bit more expensive $200-$300 per square, there is no end to the beautiful textures and attractive motifs available in this durable roofing option.
The awards for beauty and durability are handed to the Slate Roofing options without exception. Slate roofing is so beautiful and durable that it can be salvaged from buildings that are about to collapse. Slate is a hefty roofing option and not suitable for every building, or any expense account either. Slate roofing is by far the most pricey, costing as much as $800 per square ft. Did I mention it can last forever? It will also make any home the envy of the neighborhood.