When it comes to the roof of your home, there are several options to choose from that will give you a different look and durability depending on the climate you live in. For residential use, asphalt is the most common option. However, don’t discount metal and, in some cases, rubber as potential roofing materials. Don’t know which is best for you? Here are some of the pros and cons of each.
Asphalt shingles are the most common and arguably the most versatile. One of the most significant benefits of using asphalt is the low price point compared to other materials. Starting at around $100 per square foot, it is the least expensive of the three. Also, it’s the best option for most because it is affordable, durable, and looks good on almost any house style. Different kinds of asphalt roofing offer various grades of protection. Before selecting the type of roofing, you would like to use, consult a professional. Its important to make sure your roof can handle the physical weight of the material. Also, keep in mind, asphalt shingles have to be replaced every 15-20 years, depending on climate and how it’s maintained.
There are four different types of metal roofing: Standing seam, aluminum, copper, and corrugated. Metal roofing offers much longer durability, lasting anywhere from 30 to 70 years depending on the chosen installation and material. Thanks to technological advances in production, this material can withstand almost any weather, including winds up to 140mph.
In some cases, a properly installed metal roof can last just as long as the house. They are environmentally friendly, being almost 100 percent recyclable. Asphalt shingles have to be replaced every 15-20 years. This means ten million tons of asphalt shingles are sent to landfills every year. Metal roofs are also more energy-efficient, cutting your home’s cooling costs by almost 25%. If you decide to choose a metal roof, contact a roofing professional and get the best advice for your home.
While rubber is the least common roofing material in use, it is closer in cost to asphalt than metal. Rubber can cost around $150-$300 per square foot, depending on the slope and structure of your roof. It is durable, lasting approximately 30-50 years. Also, leaks and potential damage at a seam site occur less often because the rubber is installed in larger sections with fewer seams. It is also fire, mildew, pest, and mold resistant, cutting costs of repairs and maintenance of your roof.
Rubber roofing tiles are made from recycled materials and are 100% recyclable. They are quick and easy to install, so you don’t have to wait weeks for your new roof. Lastly, rubber tiles may be the best choice if you live in a harsh climate because they are the least likely to crack, crumble, or get damaged due to high temperatures and extreme weather elements.
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