What Are the Requirements of a Quality Roof?

Do you live in sunny California? Or rainy Maine? Either way, you and your family need a quality roof that will provide your family with security and comfort on a rainy day. But what quality roofing materials should you use to make sure that your roof is durable over the long haul and able to handle severe weather?

Here’s everything you need to know about quality roofing.

Types of Roofs

Choosing the right type of roof is important. Different houses are suited to different roofs. There are also budget issues to consider.

Here are some of the best types of roofs to consider.

Shingle Roofing

Asphalt shingles are the most common roof materials used for building roofs across the nation. Composite asphalt shingles only cost $1.50 to $5.50 a square foot, or about $8,000 for one rooftop installation. Metal shingles are, on average, around $1 to $3 less per square foot than standing-seam metal roofs.

These roofs start around $150 a square, but they are typically priced at two to three times more. Assuming the roofs can be replaced three to four times, a single-paned shingle roof would cost, in today’s dollars, $33,000 to $44,000 over 100 years.

Since the typical homeowner will seldom live in their house for more than 30 or 40 years, during which time they will probably re-roof just once, Asphalt rolls are a pretty affordable roofing material for most homeowners.

If you’re planning to sell your house soon to take advantage of the skyrocketing prices, a great roof can add value.

Slate Roofs

Slate is one of the more durable types of roof materials, and it is comparable to the price of clay tiles, which can be anywhere between $9 to $20 a square foot. Because of its expense, it is the roof material typically used in larger, luxurious homes.

This is the most widely used of all roofing materials, likely because it is the least expensive and requires minimal installation skills. A new roof may be one of the more expensive home projects that you have to undertake.

As well as expense you also need to consider the best time to replace roof shingles or slates to avoid getting wet.

Choosing The Right Weight

With the wide range of roof materials, from asphalt shingles to slate tiles, the weights can vary widely. Requirements vary with asphalt, wood, and slate shingles, as well as with concrete and clay roofing tiles.

Be sure to ask a legitimate and trusted builder about what weight to choose before you purchase your tiles. This is particularly important if you have a roof garden.

Metal shingles are manufactured to simulate the appearance of slate, asphalt, or wood roofs. The strongest types of roofs are slate and clay tiles but are more expensive than materials such as metal or wood.

A Quality Roof Is a Great Investment

A quality roof can protect your biggest investment. It can increase the value of your home. It also makes your house look great. The roof is not the part of your house that you want to go the cheapest route, especially because a quality roof will last you years.

Generally, an effective roofing system should include roof overhang protection and a watertight membrane; this is what makes a quality roof.

For more on quality roofs, be sure to check out the rest of our site.


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