Your Options for a Home Roof
Your home’s roof is a vital part of your property’s overall protection. It’s the roof that hangs over most parts of your home, including all your belongings inside your property. When the time comes to replace your roof, you must think carefully about the materials you use. Here at Home Perfect Exteriors, we want to provide you with a roofing materials guide, so you understand the full scope of your options, and so you can make the best choice for your new residential roofing in St. Louis MO.
One of the most popular roofing options, asphalt shingles make for an affordable roofing option. You’ll have plenty of colors and styles to choose from with this material, and asphalt offers quality protection and great durability. This roofing material lasts anywhere from 20 to 50 years, depending on overall quality.
One downside of this particular option is its vulnerability to storm damage, heat and wind. You may also care to know that asphalt, while recyclable, is not the most environmentally friendly roofing option. Creating it churns out greenhouse emissions.
No longer just for commercial roofs, metal roofs can look just like asphalt shingles thanks to a stone coating. Benefits of asphalt include ease of installation, moisture/fire/weather resistance, durability and longevity. With metal, you can choose from aluminum, steel and copper.
One of the biggest disadvantages of metal roofs is their initial expense. Installation price ranges from $21,000 to $50,000, and materials cost anywhere from $7 to $9 per square inch. Also, you need to ensure that the roofing company that installs your roof has the proper experience and training in metal roofing.
If durability is your overall aim, check out your options with slate roofing, which can last for as many as 200 years when properly taken care of. Other than looks, slate is a material known for its overall visual appeal. Something to bear in mind with slate is that because of its overall weight, you may need to install an underlying roof structure before installing the slate itself. Because of this unique requirement, you may have to pay more than you’d like for a slate roof.
Tile tops this list in terms of overall sustainability, durability and longevity. Made from either clay or tile, the material can last as many as 100 years when taken care of. Another advantage of tile is it offers great insulation, which can help keep your heating and cooling bills low and your home more comfortable.
As for disadvantages, expect to pay a pretty penny for tile installation and materials, which can range between roughly $4 and $10 per square foot. Like slate, tile is a hefty material, so you need to speak with a roofing contractor with knowledge of structural engineering about how to protect your roof’s structure.
If you want to bring a rustic, natural look to your home’s exterior, or if you own a historic home, you may like the look of a wood roof. Wood roofing has come a long way, and it may surprise you to learn how advanced the technology is. To enjoy the benefits of wood, including protection from Mother Nature and optimum insulation, you must ensure it’s properly installed and treated. Another reason to occasionally treat your wood roof is to protect it against the ravages of moisture, cracking, warping, mildew and insects.
Wood shingles are another expensive option, ranging from $4 and $9 per square foot. You also need to apply occasional flame retardation to wood; that is, if you can even have a wood roof in your geographic area.
Working With a Contractor
It makes no difference what material you choose for your roof, if it’s not installed by an experienced and trustworthy roofing contractor, you’re sure to experience more disadvantages than advantages. The right contractor knows how to work with you, your budget and your preferences to help you find a roofing material you’ll love. We hope you’ll entrust us with your roof and any other home improvement projects you have in mind.
Interested in learning more about roofing options? Reach out to a Home Perfect Exteriors representative. We look forward to taking great care of you and your home.