Ask Your Roof Installation Contractor About How Costs Compare For Residential Roofing

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Getting a new roof is a major step, especially if you've never had to replace a roof before. You'll probably have a lot of questions for your roof installation contractor. One of those questions might concern cost. A new roof is expensive, and the cost of roofing materials varies. Here's a look at the different types of roofing and how they compare when it comes to cost.

Tiles Are an Expensive Option

Clay and slate tiles are two of the most expensive roofing materials you can put on your home. They're beautiful forms of roofing and they last a long time. The tiles could last the life of your house, so over time, you save money by not having to replace the tiles.

If you love tile roofing, but you don't want to pay the price for clay or slate, you might look into concrete tiles. They have a similar look, but they cost less money. However, they don't last nearly as long as clay or slate.

Also, metal and asphalt shingles can be made to resemble tile roofing for a more affordable cost, so you might want to talk to the roof installation contractor about choices when you love tile roofs but want to watch your budget.

Metal Roofing Is More Affordable Than Tile

Metal roofing may not last as long as slate or clay tiles, but it can have a long life if cared for properly. It lasts longer than asphalt shingles, and it may be the last roof you need to install. Since it needs fewer repairs and lasts longer than asphalt, you save money over the life of the roof, but you'll have to pay more upfront than you would for shingles.

The price of metal roofing varies quite a bit since you can choose steel, aluminum, copper, or zinc roofing, and each has its own price. You can also choose metal shingles, corrugated steel, standing seam, and stone-coated metal roofing. Since metal comes in such a variety of prices, you may need help from your contractor in finding a metal roof that matches your budget and that has an appearance you like.

Asphalt Shingle Roofing Is the Most Affordable

Asphalt shingles are the least expensive of the common types of residential roofing. However, the cost of shingles varies quite a bit too. Three-tab shingles are the most affordable, and that's one reason they are so popular. The shingles have a fairly short lifespan when compared to other types of roofing, but you can get a new roof for a lower upfront cost.

Some asphalt shingles are thicker and made of higher-quality materials, so they cost more than basic shingles, but they also last longer. If you live where bad storms are common, you might want the more expensive shingles installed in order to reduce the risk of storm damage.

Your roofing contractor can help you match the roofing you need to your home's architecture, your local environment, your neighborhood, your preferences, and your budget.


18 May 2021

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