making decisions about roof replacements

making decisions about roof replacements

Ready To Re-Roof? Helpful Considerations For Choosing The Most Suitable Roofing Material

by Lorraine Fisher

Installing a new roof on an existing home is a periodic need for most homeowners. Instead of automatically opting to reinstall the same type of roofing material, smart homeowners may want to consider choosing a different material that will offer them even more benefits. If you are a homeowner facing the likelihood of installing a new roof soon, the following information can help you learn more about three popular roofing types so that you can choose the one that best fits your individual needs. 

Metal roofing

Metal roofing has changed dramatically from the days in which it was only available as silver corrugated sheets for installation on barns and sheds. Today's metal roofing can still be purchased in large sheets for convenience, but they now come in several stylish designs and colors, as well as smaller pieces that mimic tile, shake, or other roofing materials. 

Homeowners who choose to replace their existing roofing materials with one of the newly available metal products may enjoy a longer lifespan, improved resistance to fire and wind, and increased energy efficiency. Opting for metal roofing may also earn homeowners a reduction on the cost of their homeowner's insurance premium and an increase in the value of the home. 

Architectural shingles

Homes that are currently roofed with composite shingles can see benefits when redone with one of the newer, longer-lasting architectural shingle products when re-roofing their home. Designed to resist wear and withstand heat and direct sunlight better than regular composite shingle materials, architectural roofing products are now capable of lasting 40 years or more. 

Like all shingled roofing materials, architectural shingles offer the ability to easily replace any that are damaged without impairing the visual appearance of the roof. While they are less resistant to wear in rainy and windy conditions than metal and some other types of roofing, their relatively low cost to purchase and install may offset any reduction in durability that may be experienced. 

Shakes or shingles

Wooden shakes and shingles are making a comeback for roofing in areas where wildfires are not a problem. When made from cedar or pressure-treated wood, this roofing option offers excellent insect resistance and durability. Like asphalt shingles, a roof made of shakes or shingles can be easily repaired by simply replacing any damaged shakes or shingles, instead of having to replace the entire roof.  

For additional information about each type of roofing material that you are considering, including price, availability, and any specific issues that may apply to the design of your home and the climate where it is located, homeowners should consult a roofing contractor in their immediate area. 


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making decisions about roof replacements

Is the roof on your home ready for replacement? If so, do you know what type of roofing you are going to have installed to replace it? Will you have the existing roof removed, or just have the home re-roofed? You will face several decisions while you work to replace the roof on your home. Scroll through my site to find a great list that can help you decide what product and method of installation will be best for your home. Hopefully, the information provided will take some of the confusion and stress out of this big, important home improvement project.