Sometimes every home needs a renovation, and a good way to give it one is by providing it with a new roof. It can give your house a new look and also protect from many different weather conditions. But what are the best types to go for? And what are the worst? We have a few suggestions to help you on your way to supply your house the best covering.
Clay or Cement Tile Roof
These roofs provide amazing strength and durability. They can be made from a variety of materials and may last a lifetime. You will need a sturdy frame, but any costs involved will be worth it as it will likely be a one-time investment.
If they are well maintained, this roof type can last up to a whopping 100 years! So a few generations will get to enjoy them without further costs. They can be susceptible to cracking, which requires maintenance. But if you stay away from walking on them, they should last well.
Composite Asphalt Shingle Roof
This is the most popular roof around, and with good reason. It is very low cost, easy to install, and can last for quite a while. If you don’t think you’ll be staying in your home for many years to come, this can be a quick and cheap updo to make it look good for selling. It’s a good idea to get a professional in to install this roof, but if you are handy at DIY, you may be able to do it yourself, saving even further on the costs.
They can last anywhere between 15 and 40 years, but you will have to clean the moss away now and again if you want it to reach its full potential. Just like the previous roof, you will want to avoid stepping on it a lot as it can be easily damaged this way.
Wood Shingle Roof
A very attractive roof type, but tough to install. You will need a professional, which can add to expenses. It is also at risk of fire, which may move you away from the idea, especially if you live in an area where you experience hot and dry climates.
It’s probably going to last around 30 years, unless you really keep it in prime condition, in which case it could last for up to 50. You will need to rid it of moss and replace any broken tiles as soon as you see they are damaged.
The overall cost can be quite high due to the fact it will need to be replaced now and again, and you will need to hire someone to get it installed. But, if aesthetics are your most important factor, this could be the roof for you.
Yet another common style, slate is more costly but will last a long time. A trained craftsman will need to install it, raising costs even more. But when you think about the fact that it has the potential to last up to two centuries, it’s definitely worth it.
It’s a common roof to be used on large and luxury homes, but this doesn’t mean it can’t be used on smaller houses too. It looks smart and does a great job. You will need to replace broken tiles immediately to improve longevity. Surprisingly, there are slate roofs that date back to Shakespearean times because they have been well maintained.
A Metal Roof
This kind of roof is becoming more and more popular. It provides great longevity and can last for up to 75 years. It requires very little maintenance, something which we love because no one enjoys having to go up onto the roof.
Depending on the type of metal you desire, you can expect to pay between $5.50 and $12.00 per square foot for installation, which isn’t bad really when you consider that you probably won’t have to have another roof laid in your lifetime!
For a long term product, it is an excellent choice. The price in comparison to how long it lasts is actually very good. You won’t need to be replacing tiles or getting it fixed anytime soon, and maybe never.
This is the best option if you have a flat or slightly inclined roof. It is resistant to fire and doesn’t cost a lot. It can be a bit messy, though, and even smell during installation. It doesn’t really last too long; around 20 or 30 years maximum.
However, considering the cost is so low it shouldn’t matter too much. You will need to get it regularly checked and maintained to give it better longevity. Do your best to keep debris off the roof as this can cause damage that isn’t easily seen. You don’t want to be forking out for bills that could have been avoided.
It’s Up to You
After reviewing the choices, you need to come to a decision. It will all depend on the angle of your roof, the climate you live in, how much you have to spend, and how long you want or need it to last.
Each one is an excellent option in its own right, and they all have a few cons too. You will need to do your research and even consult a professional for some advice. The roof is one of the most important parts to the exterior of your home, so put some thought into it before coming to a decision.