Deciding on what type of roof to choose is probably the most important and consequential decision in getting a new roof installed on your home. There are pros and cons to every variant. In this article we will cover the most common types of roofing and why you may want to choose them.
Shingle roofing is hands down the most common roof you will come across, as well as the most affordable option. If you are looking for a material which will give your home more depth, as well as a very classic look, shingles are your best bet. They are very inexpensive and easy to maintain, and will last up to about 20-25 years, assuming there has been no major damage caused by inclement weather or the like.
Metal is probably the next popular pick, behind shingles. Metal is durable and longer lasting than shingle, but will cost you more. The cost of metal up front could be 30-50% more, as well as requiring more regular maintenance to prevent leaks and other damage. Metal can last up to 40 years if properly maintained and no damage is incurred. You will however, surely see paint wear long before that, which will account for more maintenance if you want to keep your roof looking nice. Metal also can lower your electric bill a bit, due to it reflecting solar rays, and is more environmentally friendly. Prepare to get the screws and washers replaced every 7-10 years or so, as well as new paint application after it wears.
The decision will ultimately come down to each individuals wants and needs. If you want your home to have a Colonial, Victorian, Mediterranean, or any other more "classic" style, shingle is going to be your friend. It will be more affordable and require less upkeep. If you want to add a more contemporary feeling to your house, don't mind a little more maintenance and price up front, and want more longevity, metal might be the one for you. I hope this article was helpful to you in your search for your new roof. Please stay tuned to our blog, and our social media pages for more helpful tips and articles for your roofing needs.