Comparing Roofing Materials
In this day and age there are a lot of choices for roofing materials. New innovations have really made it possible to create a new roof that is just as good or better than the ones that were around before the new innovation, with about half the price tag attached.
Let’s take a look at some of them…
Asphalt shingles are probably the most common roofing material in the US. One of the reasons they’ve been so prolific is their cost effectiveness. For a new roof, asphalt shingles can be purchased for between $50-$150 per square, with a lifetime warranty included in that price.
The downside to asphalt shingles is that they require regular maintenance to retain their good looks. There are a number of different types of asphalt shingles, each with its own upside and downside. The laminated asphalt shingle is your best choice if you’re looking for the most sturdy product. Unfortunately, laminated shingles also have a much higher price tag due to this added sturdiness.
For a traditional asphalt shingle, you have your choice between three different styles. The architectural shingle is the boldest of the bunch. It has a definite “wow” factor to it and will really get people’s attention. However, this also means that it’s going to be one of the most expensive options for an asphalt shingle. The three tab shingle is commonly used and has a nice, even look about it. The drawback of the three tab style is that it’s not quite as resilient against harsh weather or other major damage. The final option for an asphalt shingle roof is the economy style. This will give you a great roof at a more budget friendly price tag.
If you’re willing to spend a little bit more money, there are some great asphalt shingle options available. The laminated shingle comes in all of the different styles already mentioned plus the addition of the most economical style available for this type. This is probably your best choice if you want an asphalt shingle that will last a long time but don’t want to spend too much money doing it.
Another type of asphalt shingle is the dimensional shingle. This is a more modern style which features an interlocking design that holds each of the individual shingles together firmly. The biggest advantage of this roof type is that the added weight makes the roof much sturdier against damage from wind or hail.
Another benefit of the dimensional shingle is that they are less likely to bend, warp, or get out of shape, which means that you won’t have to fix them nearly as often. This makes the price tag attached to this type very easy to justify.
If you’re on a budget but you want something better than a three tab, you might want to look at an asphalt shingle with a fiberglass mat. This will give you the traditional look of the three tab but it will be stronger and last longer. A solid plastic shingle is another option for homeowners on a budget who still want something more durable than your standard asphalt roofing material.
For those homeowners who want something that will look great for years to come without the hassle of needing regular maintenance, you’ve got a couple other options. A metal roof can last for decades while still providing your home with protection against the elements.
Another option is an architectural grade tile roof. This type of roofing material comes in different styles including Spanish clay, cedar shake, and slate. All of these roof types will look amazing on any home and come with a lifetime warranty.
So there you have it: some of the most common types of roofing materials as well as some newer options that give those older styles a run for their money. If you’re not quite sure which material is right for your home, talk to a roofing professional. They can help you decide which roof material is right for your home and budget.
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