A common home improvement project for homeowners is putting on a new roof. Roofing a house can be a major expense, time consuming, and confusing. Consider your options before jumping into this major home improvement project.
Shingles or steel? Not only do home owners have to decide between these two, they have many options within the options to choose from. There are many types of shingles: asphalt, slate, tile, composite and wood; just to name a few.
According to www.roofhelp.com , asphalt shingles are the most popular material for residential roofs. Asphalt shingle are comprised of a layer fiberglass and asphalt. They are inexpensive (they can start at only $.80 a square foot) and can last 15-20 years. However, if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, an asphalt shingled roof will not last as long.
Composite shingles are growing in popularity and giving the asphalt shingle a run for its money. Composite shingles are more expensive, but have a warranty of 30-50 years, which makes them a better deal in the long run. A composite shingle lasts longer than an asphalt shingle because it is made from a combination of materials, making it stronger.
Slate and tile shingles are on the more expensive side of roofing materials, but are also very sophisticated looking. According to Roofery, slate shingles are made from rock and are therefore heavy and more prone to breaking. Tile shingles come in clay and concrete and can last up to 50 years. Roofery says a tile shingle is best for a hot, dry climate because they can crack, break, and leak in cold climates.
Metal roofing is becoming very popular due to its longevity and energy efficiency. Home Tips says this growth in popularity is due to homeowners wanting a product that is “durable, fire-resistant, [and] lightweight,” roof. Metal roofs can last more than 50 years, so a metal roof is probably the best bang for your buck.
Before you choose shingles or steel roofing consider the pros and cons of both. Check out the list of things to consider before you choose.