Here are 12 factors you should take into account when selecting new material to re-roof your home.
1. The Expected Lifespan of The Roofing Material
It’s no secret that not all roofing materials last the same amount of time. Clay or concrete tiling may last for 50 to 100 years. Many types of metal roofing last around 50 years. Wood shakes often endure for more than 30 years. Standard asphalt shingles typically get you 20 to 25 years, while higher-grade asphalt may have a useful life of 25 to 30 years or more.
You can expect the manufacturer’s warranty to reflect, to some extent, the expected lifespan of the material. You have to balance durability against other factors, but this is certainly a major one.
2. The Relative Cost of Materials & Installation
The quality and durability of the material and the cost of the roofing and the installation process must be weighed one against the other. There is no right or wrong answer here, necessarily, but each homeowner will have to find the balance that works best for him or her.
Be sure to choose a local roofing contractor with a solid reputation for quality installation at a reasonable rate. And understand that as to materials, you basically “get what you pay for” – you just have to decide on which option both meets your needs and fits your budget.
3. Is The Material Recyclable (or even recycled)?
Sometimes, you can find asphalt shingles that are made from recycled material. More often, asphalt, metal, and some other materials are at least recyclable so that they need not end up in a landfill after they eventually go the way of your old roofing.
For many concerned with reducing their carbon footprint and doing everything possible to protect the environment, choosing a recyclable material is a must. Talk to your local roofer to find out which brands and materials are better for the Earth.
4. Don’t Forget About Energy Efficiency!
A thicker, more “muscular” roofing material can provide better insulation to the top of your home – which is where most of the heat escapes from. Some shingles also can be made a lighter color which will reflect more of the sun’s rays.
Consider using a higher-grade asphalt shingle not only for the looks of it but also because of the higher energy efficiency it brings.
5. Safety Must Be a Concern
Any time you are selecting new shingles, safety needs to be a concern. Some materials have special additives that make them particularly fire-resistant. That can give you some added peace of mind.
Also, certain materials have a much higher wind resistance rating, and that means it’s less likely that shingles will blow off and potentially injure someone.
6. Look For Impact Resistance
Another factor is impact resistance. The way that roofing shingles are constructed – what materials are used, how many layers are included, and which additives are thrown into the mix, affects how well the roof stands up against sudden, hard impacts.
This is primarily to do with hail impacts, which can destroy the integrity of shingles. But falling tree limbs may also be an issue during a storm. You want roofing that can withstand all weather conditions it is likely to encounter.
7. Algae Resistance For Coastal Homes
Few things are less appealing than a roof with large sections of black algae growth covering it. Those living near the coast in Florida should consider investing in shingles with anti-algae agents added and that are tolerant of higher levels of salt from the salty sea air.
8. Aesthetics That Last
Adding curb appeal to your home will increase its value and make it pleasant to the eyes of its current owner instead of an eyesore. Since around half of most homes’ exterior surface consists of roofing, it makes sense to ensure it looks as good as it can!
Choosing architectural shingles rather than three-tabs is one way to add aesthetic appeal. Some may prefer cedar shakes or another look. If you choose asphalt, but sure they include UV-light resistance so that the shingles won’t prematurely fade in the hot, hot Florida sun!
9. How Much Will Those Shingles Weigh?
If you are considering clay tiles or cement-tile roofing, then be aware your roof structure must be able to support the extra weight. You would have to check on the load the roof is recommended for and limit yourself to that OR invest in upgrading your rafters and beams to increase the load limit.
Weight is normally not an issue with asphalt shingles, unless on an older home or one in poor condition. Also, don’t leave extra layers of old shingles below your new shingles because that adds to the weight on your roof – besides shortening the life span of the new shingles.
10. How Much Maintenance Will Be Required?
If you are like most of us, a low-maintenance roofing system is appealing to you. Some forms of roofing require more attention over the years than others, so you need to be aware of this before choosing a roofing material.
Wood shakes are relatively high maintenance, while sheet metal roofing requires very little if any. Asphalt may fall somewhere in between, but the higher the quality of asphalt, the less maintenance it generally will need.
Remember that it’s always best to invest in an annual (or semi-annual) roof inspection and to act quickly to address any roof repair needs. Keeping your roof clean and free of known problems consistently will help reduce roof deterioration and actually lower overall maintenance needs over the years.
11. Consider Insurance Issues
Also, if you have homeowners insurance, you want to use a material that they will not only cover but will give you discounts on – if possible. Roofing with greater fire resistance levels, for example, or hail resistance may merit a discount on your premiums. Don’t be afraid to ask your insurer about special roofing discounts!
12. Local Contractor Recommended
Finally, be sure to pick the brain of your local roofing contractor as to which roofing material or materials he would recommend. After all, when you put up roofing for a living day in and day out – you get to know which products give you the best value for your dollar.
For more helpful advice on selecting a new roofing material for your Central Florida home, contact the roofing experts at Sheegog Contracting today!