You’ve been thinking about replacing your roof, so now it’s time to make some decisions. What is the best material for your home? What will look the best? Do they all cost the same? There are many variables to consider when you’re deciding what material to use for a new roof! Below, we’re going to talk about two of the most popular: metal roofs and shingled roofs.
Shingles are the most widely used roofing material for residential homes. Typically, when someone thinks about a roof, one with shingles come to mind. Because of their low cost and upwards of a 30-year lifespan, most homeowners will select asphalt shingles as their material of choice. And there is no shortage of color or texture. You can even get a shingle that looks like charming and very expensive slate, but at a lower cost.
Another appealing reason to choose shingles is the overall cost. Of all the roofing choices out there, shingles are by far the most affordable. The ease for professionals to lay the shingles is also a huge selling point. Compared to other roofing materials, laying shingles takes far less labor time to install, dramatically affecting your costs as a homeowner. It’s also safer for the installers — they can walk across a shingled roof without much trouble. Another factor that contributes to the cost savings is the maintenance of a shingled roof. While there is more of a maintenance schedule for homeowners with a roof made of shingles, any repairs that need to be made during its lifespan are far less costly than a roof made of other materials.
Because of its low cost and easy install, stellar reputation and lifespan, shingled roofing is the most popular choice among homeowners.
A metal roof is a spectacular sight. Coming in an array of colors, it is definitely something that will catch your eye. While another popular option, it can’t quite beat out shingles. The main reason a metal roof will often come in second is the cost. A metal roof costs far less in the long run in terms of maintenance (one third the cost!), but installing a metal roof on your home will cost almost double the cost of a shingled roof. And if a repair needs to be made, that is often costlier as well, because unlike shingles, you can’t just work on the one area that has the issue. It normally affects a large portion of a roof, usually a whole sheet of metal roofing. When folks are looking purely at costs, this will often make the decision for them.
Aside from that cost, however, a metal roof is a wonderful thing. Along with the amazing sound of rain on a metal roof — have you ever listened to that? It’s beautiful — most are made from completely recycled materials and are 100% recyclable at the end of their lifespan. For those who are environmentally conscious, this is a huge selling point as the roof also manages temperature quite well, reducing cooling costs in some areas as much as 25%.
Don’t be intimidated; choosing a roofing material can actually be fun! Once you set a budget you want to stay in, there are styles, colors, and textures to choose from. Whether you are looking for as little maintenance as possible and a pop of color with a metal roof, or traditional shingles with almost any kind of style you can imagine, there is something out there for everyone, at every price point. So, are you ready for a quote? Contact us here.