A new roof is a substantial investment. While this is an investment that repays you by protecting your home from structural damage and helping you lower your heating and cooling bills, it can be difficult to swallow the cost. What is the most affordable roofing material? Is it the best option for your budget and your home or other structure?
According to many a website from roof repair companies in Dallas, slate is always a good choice. There is no doubt that slate is a sophisticated and stunning roofing material; it is also one of the most pricy options. It costs about $10.52 per square foot to install slate. A 1200 square foot roof (which is smaller than the average North American home’s roof) will run you about $11,625 – $13,622. Good thing that roof can last up to a century! Fortunately, there are more affordable options available.
While they won’t be as long-lived as slate, other roofing materials have the advantage of being less expensive. They still offer hefty lifetimes of 30 – 40 years. Asphalt shingles are the most affordable roofing option, and not surprisingly, they are the most popular in the United States. An asphalt shingle roof costs about $3.41 per square foot, or $$3,368 – $4,824. Benefits, beyond price, include:
• They are easier to install than other materials, such as slate, concrete, or cedar. The shingles can most often be installed without specialized tools, and they are easy to work with. This can knock quite a bit of your overall expense down.
• They are easier to maintain. These shingles are durable and perform well. If a repair is necessary, it can be done more easily and quickly (which means less expensively) than is the case with other roofing materials.
• There is a wide variety of color and texture options. You can even have asphalt shingles that look like slate or cedar. Asphalt shingles are mass manufactured, but they don’t have to look it.
• They are lightweight so they are compatible with homes on which heavier materials are not feasible.
• Asphalt shingles have a class A fire rating (the highest rating given).
There are some drawbacks to asphalt shingles, though, according to roof repair companies in Plano, TX, so weigh these before you decide on your roofing material:
• If you have poor attic ventilation, it can damage the shingles and reduce their useful life.
• If they are installed in severely cold weather, asphalt shingles can become damaged.
• In extreme heat, shingles can lose their color or even crack.
As with any type of roofing material, proper installation is crucial to the long-term effectiveness. Make sure you take your time selecting a qualified roof contractor so you have the protection you need and avoid the leaks, damage, or curling you certainly do not.
For many people, asphalt makes sense financially and in terms of the benefits it offers. Roofing with these shingles will help protect your home and keep it structurally sound while adding to its aesthetic appeal. It is still a major investment, but it is one that is a bit easier to fit in the budget.
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