How Long Does a Roof Last?
There are many types of roofing materials available, and each material offers a unique set of benefits. The type of roofing material you choose is largely dependent on your budget, the function of the building, its location and how it will be used. In addition to these factors, one must consider how energy efficient the roofing system will be as well as any aesthetic appeal the roofing material will have.
There is no one best roofing system, so it’s important to consult with experts before making a decision on the type of roofing you would like for your building. Asphalt shingle roofs are among the top options due to their cost-effectiveness and durability. They can be installed on flat roofs, where they offer optimal resistance to water and wind.
There is then the option for modified bitumen roofs, which are also relatively affordable considering its advantages such as excellent adhesive qualities and high elasticity. These can even be adapted for steep roofing surfaces in addition to resisting the sun’s UV rays.
Almost as cost effective is the more traditional clay tile roof, which is made of fired clay and provides impressive resistance to wind, hail, fire and water damage due to its superior quality. Tile roofs are extremely long-lasting and require little maintenance over their lifespan.
How Much Does a New Roof Cost?
The average cost to replace a roof has decreased since 2012 when it was $7,500. Replacement costs of roofs (based on material) are: asphalt shingles – $3,000-$8,250; metal panels – $12,000-$14,875; wood shake/slate – $13,750-$24,000; tile – $9,250-$14,375.
On the upper end of this spectrum, you’ll be getting a high quality roof installed by an experienced, professional company. If you’re not sure about the competence of your contractor, ask for references or talk to another homeowner who has used them before. Remember that there are always other options… just because you settle for one
Is Replacing Your Roof a Good Investment?
What if you feel as though your roof is too outdated or out of style? You can finance a new roof and consider it an investment in your home’s overall value. When you finance a new roof, it’s often paid off in fewer than 10 years. It’s especially beneficial if your home is less than 15 years old, where it typically takes 5-15 years for the roof to age to the point that it needs replacing. For roofs that are 20 or 30 years old, financing may not be an option because the roof has aged past the point where it can be beneficial for your home’s resale value.
If you want to replace your roof, it can be quite expensive. In fact, the average replacement costs $12,675. A good chunk of this will go toward materials and labor charges. You might need more than 100 square feet of shingles for materials, and your roofer will have to spend at least three days on the job.
The roof is a major part of the structure, and if it’s in bad shape, it can impact ceiling stains or even create small openings for insects to get in your home. If you’re considering having your roof replaced, schedule a consultation with your local Superstorm Restoration expert. They’ll inspect the condition of your roof and discuss all available options with you before making any official recommendations.