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How To Plan Your Roof Replacement Like A Pro!

If you are in need of a new roof and you plan on getting a roof replacement there’s a lot to consider. When choosing a new roof for your home aesthetics important as well as material, cost, weight, etc. Whether you want to build from scratch or choose your roof there is a wide variety of materials worth the extra consideration.

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Asphalt, wood, shingles, slate, or concrete are just a few examples of your many different choices. To make your process of picking out a new roof, that meets all your needs easier, I’m going to explain each different material in detail. 


Metal Shingles

Metal shingles will offer you a combination of style while maintaining exceptional durability for your home. They replicate the appearance of the classic shingle roof and are also available in a wide variety of colors. Additionally, they can be used on almost any type of roof.


One of the main desirable features of metal shingles is their protection against all types of weather. Most brands can resist up to 120 mph winds while being high impact resistance. This is what makes them ideal for areas that are prone to hail or heavy thunderstorms. Metal shingles are also non-combustible, so they are fire-resistant as well. 


When it comes to energy savings, metal roofing will reduce cooling costs in the summer months. They prove to be 20% more effective than traditional shingles. In the winter, they will reduce snow and ice buildup by reflecting the sun’s heat during the day.


One thing that strays away some potential metal roof buyers is the initial cost. Metal roofing typically goes for 7 to 9 dollars a square foot, a little more expensive than asphalt shingles. However many argue that metal shingles will pay for themselves over time. The long life and low maintenance costs will help shave back a few of those extra dollars.


Architectural Shingles

If you are someone who has always dreamed of a traditional-looking exterior, architectural shingles might be your saving grace. This is also perfect for customers than want the best bang for their buck. These shingles are thicker than tab shingles causing a more dramatic exterior texture. 


Architectural Shingles can also resist wind up to 120mph, while routinely coming with warranties up to 30 years. However, you can expect to pay only 4 to 6 dollars per square foot. While architectural shingles are stylish and durable, they require the same maintenance as regular shingles.


Unfortunately, this material is susceptible to mildew and even ice damage. If you think architectural shingles are you for,  understand you will eventually have to do maintenance on them to keep them looking and working there best. Furthermore, if you are environmentally conscious, these shingles are not the most earth-friendly material. After serving their single purpose they will not be recycled and later end up in a landfill.


Clay Tile

If you long for the romantic, European rood scapes clay tile roof is your go-to. These tiles are the perfect way to accentuate your home. It’s typically associated with Italian, Mediterranean, and Spanish architecture however it is a beautiful option for modern homes as well. 


High moisture, extreme weather, fire, and insects are no match for clay tile roofs. They are extremely durable, so durable NAHB rates its life expectancy is over 100 years.  Plus their natural thermal resistance and installation method makes then extremely energy efficient.


I know it may seem that there are no negative side effects of clay tiles but there is one- extra reinforcement for your roof. Since these tiles are so heavy you will probably need to prepare by investing in extra reinforcement to make sure your roof is up to the task. When you start to research costs these tiles tend to go for about 13-18 dollars per square foot. 


Stone-Coated Steel

Stone-Coated Steel is perfect for getting that classic look of clay tile without the hefty price tag. They offer high-end aesthetics at a substantially lower price, making it one of the most popular options in today’s market. 


It’s well suited for most environments and climate. Including winds up to 120mph, freezing, thaw cycles, and storms. Stone-coated steel is resistant to moisture, won’t crack, split, or rot. Manufacturers have indicated that Stone-coated steel is more energy-efficient than asphalt shingles.


As far as costs go you can expect to pay around $8-9 per square foot, as it is a relatively new roofing product. Since they’re so new you need to find a contractor that knows how to install them properly so there are no discrepancies later on down the road. It would be a disaster if you paid workers to install your new roofing material and they did it improperly causing you to pay extra money to have it corrected.


Synthetic Slate

Synthetic slate offers the beautiful look of natural slate without the disadvantages. European style home designs would be complemented with synthetic slate. Durability varies because there is no one material that can simulate the look of natural stone. Therefore the synthetic slate could be made out of steel, asphalt, rubber, or even clay. The durability will vary because of the changing materials so make sure to contact the manufacturer. 


More often than not, your replacement options will be limited by the existing roof on your home. The foundation of your home, the weather it endures, and it’s tilt all have a place in determining which roofing materials are best for you. 


There are more roof replacement materials than the ones listed here so don’t worry if you haven’t found your perfect match just yet. Do some extra research to see what fits best for your home’s specific needs. Hopefully, this article helped you get a better idea of all the things to consider when replacing your roof. Aesthetic, cost, installation, materials and much more all matter when you’re about to make an expensive investment in your home.