There are a number of materials available for homeowners to use when installing a new roof. From asphalt to synthetic there are a number of reasons for choosing one roofing material over another. In this installment on roofing we will explore a number of universal materials that are popular within the industry along with the pros and cons of installation.
Asphalt is the most commonly used material in roofing. Roofing contractors choose asphalt shingles more often over other types of materials in new roof installation for a number of reasons. Roofing contractors prefer asphalt shingles mainly because they are economical and easy to install.
Pros: Asphalt shingles are available in a number of colors to choose from. They are a widely available material that is inexpensive, easy to install and repair.
Cons: One of the disadvantages with using asphalt shingles is that they often have a shorter lifespan then other roofing counterparts. The lifespan of asphalt shingles can range from ten years to twenty five years before it is necessary to consider replacement.
Home Styles: Another major advantage of asphalt shingles is that they are appropriate to use on many different architectural home styles.
Cost and Life Span: Asphalt shingling is one of the least expensive materials to install in roofing ranging from seventy to one hundred and twenty square feet. With proper installation and maintained properly asphalt shingle roofs can last up to twenty five years.
Metal roofing is the second most popular roofing material due to its life expectancy and durability. Roofs constructed using metal is more tolerant of extreme weather conditions. Roofs made out of metal come in either panels or shingles. They are made from metals such as aluminum, copper, stainless steel and zinc.
Pros: Metal roofing stands the test of time. It is outlasts both asphalt shingling and wood while offering high solar reflective qualities.
Cons: The biggest thing metal roofing has going against it happens to be its cost. Metal roofing can be more than double the cost of asphalt.
Cost and Life Span: Metal roofing between one hundred and three hundred dollars per square foot although some styles have been known to cost upwards of eight hundred bucks per square foot. The best thing about installing a metal roof is that they can last upwards of forty to seventy five years.
There are many types of materials to choose from in roofing however asphalt and metal are the most common materials seen on homes in the north.