Spring is just around the corner! You may have cold temperatures and even snow on the ground, but you need a spring mindset anyway, especially if you’re considering replacing your roof.
What’s the rush?
If you think about roofing options now, you’ll have a plan in place before roofing contractors’ spring rush gets started. Spring brings the big thaw-out, and with it, all kinds of repairs. If you’re not already on the schedule, you may wait until summer.
To help you decide which roof material is best for your home, we’ve put together a short guide to the most popular roof types based on aesthetics, longevity, and impact on the environment. Take a minute and explore your options!
From the Curb
Pristine landscaping and fresh exterior paint impact curb appeal in a big way. So does a new roof! One way to look at roofing options is to consider which ones create the most visual impact.
The style of your home and your taste help determine your choice.
The most common material is the asphalt shingle, followed by metal roofing. Both come in a wide range of colors. Metal roofing also comes in tin, aluminum, steel, zinc, and copper.
If you live in the Southwest or own a Mission, Mediterranean, or Spanish-style home, you’ll love the texture of a ceramic tile roof.
For homeowners who love a rustic look, or live in a mountain home, cedar shakes and shingles look gorgeous! You see cedar roofs on homes built from wood, especially those in the Pacific Northwest.
In high-end neighborhoods, you’ll notice at least a few homes with slate roofs. From the perspective of aesthetics, it’s hard to compete with the elegance of slate.
What about Longevity?
While beauty matters, so does durability. In this area, all roofing materials are not the same.
Advances in manufacturing mean asphalt shingles last longer today than their predecessors, but you’ll still only get around 15-30 years from the average asphalt roof.
If you’re looking for a lifetime roof, go with slate. That said, genuine slate weighs in at around 1,500lbs per 100 square feet. You may need extra framing for support and a contractor who specializes in installing slate roofs.
Cedar shakes and shingles can last anywhere from 40-60 years. Ceramic tiles, if cared for properly, last 50 years or longer.
Metal might not enjoy the title, lifetime roof, but it comes close! Many metal roofs installed 100 years ago are still intact and going strong. A new metal roof today should last 50-100 years, and most come with 30-50-year warranties.
Think about guttering too – making sure that water has somewhere to go without any blockages is important to make sure no damage is caused to the house. Gutter guards are a good investment in the long run, but always consider the Cost Of Gutter Cleaning if you don’t have them already and you’re not looking to do the job yourself.
The Eco-Friendly Roof
There’s good news for homeowners looking for environmentally friendly roofing materials. Almost every type of roof offers at least a few eco-friendly benefits.
Admittedly, asphalt shingles aren’t the best option, because they’re made with petroleum-based products, and are difficult to recycle.
Both ceramic tiles and slate are recyclable. So is wood but only into wood chips, mulch or compost. The manufacturing process for wood shakes can contribute to the problem of deforestation.
If you’re concerned about the environment, a metal roof offers an excellent roofing material. Fully recyclable, you won’t wonder if your metal roof will show up in a landfill. It will get recycled—most new metal roofs are constructed with recycled metal.
Need More Help With Roofing Options?
While we didn’t address cost in this post, slate is the most expensive, asphalt; generally the least expensive, and metal falls somewhere in the middle.
When making your decision you’ll factor in cost along with curb appeal, longevity, and impact on the environment. No matter which of these roofing options you choose, you’ll find they all offer advantages.
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