While appearance is important, it isn’t the only factor to consider when picking a roofing material. The material’s cost, weight and installation requirements should also be key considerations.
Here are tips to help you choose the right material for your roof replacement. Cost
While the biggest factors affecting the cost of the roof replacement are the size of your roof and the material you choose, the condition of your existing roof will also contribute to the overall cost of the project. Once your existing roofing materials are stripped off, the contractor may uncover damage to the underlying parts of your roof that needs to be repaired before the new material can be installed. This can add to the cost of the project. In addition, having multiple chimneys, valleys, turrets, skylights and other fixtures will affect the cost of a new roof. Your Choices
Roofing contractors can’t install any type of material on any roof. For instance, slate and tile are very heavy, and not all homes are strong enough to handle the load. Flat or low-slope roofs require different roofing materials than steep-slope roofs.
Here are the main materials to choose from:
Asphalt – One of the most popular roofing material due to its cost-effectiveness and ease of installation, asphalt shingles are made of a fiberglass medium that’s infused with asphalt and then coated with sand-like granules. It’s available in two basic configurations, the standard single-thickness and the thicker, laminated variety.
Wood – Usually made of cedar, redwood or southern pine, wood shake roofing can last up to 30 years or more with proper maintenance.
Metal – Standing seam steel roofing is quickly becoming a favorite in the residential sector. It features metal panels that are seamed or interlocked together to create a durable and strong roof.
Slate – Boasting unparalleled longevity, a slate roof can last over 100 years. Slate roofs are also fire-resistant, recyclable and environmentally friendly. Since they are made of natural stone, stale roof tiles don’t emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) during manufacturing.
Turn to Vertex Roofing Contractors Inc. for high-quality roof repair and replacement. Call us at (703) 782-5531 or fill out our online form to get a free estimate. We work with homeowners in Manassas and surrounding areas.