There is no other building element as important as the roof. This is a statement on which most building experts and engineers will agree, but what does it mean for a home owner? What does the average homeowner have to know about a roof? How should you choose the best roofing material and how can it add value to a home?
There are a lot of roofing materials and building systems currently on the market, ranging from the simplest and cheapest to high tech and quite expensive alternatives. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular type of roofing materials available and decide what is best for you.
Before starting our list, you should create your own list of checkpoints including:
• Is this material light or heavy? Will the roof frame be adequate for it?
• How will this material look on my home? What colors are available?
• Is this roofing solution easy to maintain and clean?
• What is the life span and the cost of this roofing solution?
• Will this roofing system withstand extreme weather?
These are some of the most important things you will have to know about your roofing system, and together with a roofing specialist, like Central Florida Commercial Services, you should decide what material suits you best.
1. Asphalt shingles
This roofing system is by far the most popular in the United States. They are very easy to install and fairly cheap. They are available in virtually every color imaginable and, if reinforced with fiberglass, they can withstand any extreme weather with little effort. While they are great roofing materials, asphalt shingles have a major downside: they have a fairly short lifespan. Modern asphalt shingles roofs can last up to 20 years, but this system can get quite expensive. Also, asphalt shingles are not great when it comes to insulation.
Prices for asphalt shingles range from $70 to $150 per square (100 square feet).
2. Wood shingles
Wood shingles were used for roofing for hundreds of years and still are popular in certain areas. They add a rustic look to your home, particularly if they are hand-made. Make sure you use Class A fire-rated wood shingles to protect your home from fires. Colors include redwood, pine, and cedar. Wood shingles should not be used in humid or subtropical areas, because the risk of rotting is quite high. Typically, wood shingle roofs have a lifespan of 25 years.
Prices for wood shingles range from $130 to $200 per square (100 square feet).
3. Metal roofing
Metal roofing is extremely light, very durable and versatile. It’s available in two variants: panels and shingles. You can also choose what type of metal you want: copper, aluminum, zinc or stainless steel. They work great on modernist homes and will last a lifetime. Prices can greatly vary depending on the quality of the roofing.
Prices for basic metal roofing range from $100 to $300 per square (100 square feet).
Prices for high end metal panels range from $600 to $900 per square (100 square feet).
4. Concrete and clay tiles
Clay roofs are very elegant and have a long lifespan but they come at a higher price. They are available in almost any shape and size and come in a wide range of colors. Unfortunately, they are very heavy and are somewhat difficult to install. They are energy efficient and work great on Mediterranean and Spanish-style homes while also being durable with a lifespan of over 50 years.
Prices for clay or concrete tiles range from $300 to $500 per square (100 square feet)
5. Slate tiles
Slate roofs are particularly elegant and add a unique look to your home. They are heavy and require a special roof structure. They are extremely durable and can be reused on other projects easily. The prices greatly vary depending on the quality and whether it is imported or not.
Prices for slate tiles range from $700 to $1,400 per square (100 square feet)