Your home is the biggest investment you will ever make in your lifetime. You shouldn’t need to make your rooftop the second-biggest investment – we’ll leave that to having children (good luck)!
So, what should you do when there is a hole in your roof, shingles are sliding off and cluttering your lawn, and you keep having to repair certain pockets of rooftop? Well, perhaps it’s time that you consider installing an entirely new rooftop that will last for the rest of your days.
The roofing market is a lot more complex than just asphalt. Maybe you should think about upgrading to a 21st-century roof, like solar or slate.
Here are the best types of roofs your home should consider installing:
1. Metal Roof
Tired of constantly repairing your rooftop? Want to avoid having shingles litter your property? Interested in something that lasts long? Well, metal is your friend.
Different types of metal roofing are becoming increasingly popular for homeowners, opting for this material instead of other more common elements like asphalt or wood. The reasons for this are understandable: metal lasts longer, more durable, and provides high solar reflectance.
While it is more expensive – you could spend as much as $300 a square – the upside is that metal roofing can last up to 75 years. If you’re thinking about replacing your 30-year-old rooftop, then mull over the possibility of using metal.
2. Synthetic Roof
Like metal rooftops, synthetic roofing products are also becoming increasingly popular for homeowners everywhere. Some of these synthetic materials range from plastic to polymer, and they can offer a wide range of benefits that the more traditional roofs do not offer, such as easy maintenance, strength, and fire resistant.
You can expect to spend around $300 per square, but the average warranty for synthetic roofs is about 50 years. But before you go out and replace your roof with synthetic materials, industry experts recommend seeking out homes that have gone down this route 10 years ago and determine how they have aged.
3. Wood Roof
For hundreds of years, homeowners have relied on wood for their shingles and shakes, as well as their appearance. However, a growing number of municipalities are prohibiting the installation of wood shingles, mostly because they are prone to fire and can mold, rot, or split in wet climates.
Wood roofs may not be great if you’re living in the middle of the city, but if you’re living in a rural area or in the middle of the woods, then a wood rooftop brings a sense of nostalgia. Plus, they’re affordable, costing you as little as $100 a square.
4. Asphalt Roof
Indeed, asphalt is the most common type of residential roofing material in the world. Because they are cheap and simple to install, most homes will take advantage of asphalt shingles. They are readily available and come in all sorts of colours. The drawback, of course, is asphalt’s lifespan (20 years on average) and the lack of quality provides little insulation.
5. Slate Roof
If you have the budget for it, then why not consider installing a slate rooftop?
Slate shingles are durable, sustainable, and fire-resistant. Also, they complement all sorts of homes (European, Colonial, and French), and they come in various colours, such as purple, red, and green. But, unfortunately, it can set you back quite a bit, from the professional installation to the transportation to the extra framing.
Altogether, you could expect to pay at least $600 a square. The benefit, however, is that a slate rooftop can last as long as 100 years!
6. Solar Roof
The next big innovation in the world of roofing is solar. That’s right. A solar rooftop constructed with solar shingles. Otherwise known as photovoltaic shingles, these solar panels are designed just like regular shingles and function as conventional roofing materials in the same way as asphalt or slate. The big difference? These solar shingles produce electricity.
Watch out, though, it will cost you. Because this is a relatively new innovation, brought to you by the fine folks at Tesla, you can spend as much as $22 per square foot. However, they are coming down in price, reports The Scientific American:
“Now is an especially good time to go solar—shingles or otherwise—because costs have started to come down and the federal government is still offering 30 percent tax credits with no cap on the purchase of solar electricity equipment. Twenty-seven states and several cities offer additional incentives that can get pricing on solar gear and installations down even lower. For more information check out the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE), a free online resource provided by the North Carolina Solar Center and IREC with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.”
Indeed, solar is a way of the future – don’t get left behind with archaic components.
While your home is the biggest investment you will ever make in your lifetime, the rooftop will inevitably be the biggest cost you will endure as a homeowner. Whether you’re aiming to repair large swathes of your roof or you wish to replace the whole thing, you will spend quite a bit of money on your rooftop. This is why you need to think about the various options you have to ensure you are not constantly spending money on new shingles every few years or so. From solar to slate, it’s up to you!