Homeowners and businesses that remain in one location for 15 years or more will inevitably be faced with roof repair or replacement at some point. Whether it’s due to an aging roof, or storm damage, roofing can be one of the most expensive investments you will have to make. There are many roofing options from which to choose and several things should guide your choices.
Budget and personal choice are among the top two considerations when considering replacing a roof. Do you plan to stay in this house or location five, ten to 20 more years? If so, you might want to consider a long term investment with an upgraded roof for curb appeal, aesthetics, durability and performance. If you are planning to sell or relocate within five years then you might want to consider a good product but one that won’t break your budget.
The choice of roofing materials has never been better for consumers. Material availability and shipping concerns aside, technological advances in the industry have produced incredible, high-quality and high performing options that can accommodate just about any budget.
Reputable and tenured roofing contractors can offer great insight and suggestions in selecting the right roof for your home or business. These companies can recommend options and are used to working within a household or business budget. They will also tell you what will and won’t work, or if you are considering something that is going to be cost-prohibitive in terms of roof support underneath the finished surface. There are many choices available for roofing materials, but here are some of the major options available today.
Asphalt Composite Shingles
Among the most popular and affordable roofing materials are asphalt composite shingles. Asphalt shingles have been around for 150+ years. These shingles are effective in a variety of climate settings across the U.S. Among the most affordable options these shingles will need to be replaced every 20-25 years. Impact-resistant shingles are available and recommended in areas exposed to ice and hail storms. These shingles come in a variety of colors, textures and styles.
Shale shingles have been around for centuries and they are made from slate. They are more expensive but will outlast their homeowner. You can select from a variety of colors. Many homes across the country on the national historic register have shale shingles. These shingles can last up to 100 years and require little maintenance. Shale shingles are fire and water resistant withstanding even the most challenging of weather conditions. Shale is expensive but if you are looking for a low maintenance, long-lasting roof this is one of the best choices you can make.
Wood shingles add depth and dimension to any roof. They are long-lasting and highly durable. Cedar shingles will last even longer and resist mold, rot, and wood insect infestation. The key is to have them properly installed by experienced roofing professionals. Wood shingles can be treated to resist insects, fire and wood rot. A shake roof is made from wood, but these shingles are produced from the actual log and shaped for installation.
A metal roof is among the most long lasting roofing materials available. A metal roof should last between 25-50 years. Metal roofing is fire, insect, mold and rot resistant. These roofs are among the best in areas with heavy snow and rainy seasons. Metal roofs are great insulators providing warmth in the winter months and lower temperatures in hot summer months. Most metal roof homeowners realize lower heating/cooling costs. They also come in a variety of colors to accent your home or business. Ask your roofing professional about metal shingles for another option.
Stone Coated Steel Shingles
These shingles provide the look and feel of clay tiled roofs at much lower cost. You can get them in a variety of colors. Stone-coated metal shingles perform well in rain, snow, winds and storms. Your neighbors will think you have a clay-tiled roof. These shingles are very light and durable. They can be installed over existing roofs which reduces labor costs. The lightweight material means less reinforcement as you would if you were installing traditional clay tiles. These shingles provide depth, beauty and enhance curb appeal.
These roofs are ideal for commercial or business applications. They provide great insulation and energy savings while offering a durable membrane. The material is durable and can withstand a variety of weather conditions as well as chemicals or spills. This roofing material resists mold, mildew and other bacteria because of their tight seal. They also provide UV blocking for additional savings on heating and cooling bills.
Gilstrap Roofing has been a family owned and operated business serving the Upstate and Midlands of South Carolina since 1935. We welcome your questions, and scrutiny in searching for a roofing contractor. We are a full service roofing contractor with an A+ BBB rating.