No homeowner relishes the thought of coming home to find water dripping from their ceiling, or waking up in the night to the sound of water dripping onto the floor. Finding out that it’s time to replace your roof isn’t exactly welcome news. However, getting your new roof does have its advantages. For one, you don’t have to worry about roofing problems for a good long while. Also, your new roof adds curb appeal to your home and greatly increases its value. If you’re planning on selling your home down the road, you can think of your new roof as an investment into your property. Most homeowners opt to replace their existing roof with a new roof of the same material (usually asphalt shingles) but not all asphalt shingles are created equal plus there are many other roofing materials to consider. Here are some tips for deciding on which one is the right one for your home.
Types of asphalt shingles
Asphalt shingles come in two varieties. The standard 3-tab shingles has been around a lot longer and is a little bit cheaper. Architectural shingles are considered a higher grade and will have a longer lifespan because they’re thicker. They’re not as flat as 3-tab shingles so they add some dimension to your roof. Manufacturers rate asphalt shingle roofs by the length of the warranty. Keep in mind when choosing between 20-, 30-, or 40-year shingles that these numbers refer to the length of the warranty on them and not the number of years they can actually be expected to last which is actually lower. The longer the shingles are warrantied, the better they are and the longer they’ll last though they will cost more. Sometimes it’s more cost effective to go with the shingles that are rated better but that’s not always the case.
Less common materials
Though asphalt shingles make up the vast majority of residential roofs, there are many other materials out there and they have many advantages over asphalt shingles. Materials like metal, cement or clay tiles, and slate cost a lot more than asphalt shingles roofs but they also last a lot longer and require less in the way of maintenance.
How do you choose?
Choosing the right material for your home is a matter of balancing out all the factors. Your budget is of course a huge factor in selecting a roofing material. If money is tight, go with asphalt shingles or ask about financing options for more expensive roofs. If you can afford a more expensive up front cost, consider longer lasting materials. Equally important is how your new roof will look on your home.
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