Types of roofing for homes

When choosing a new roof for your home, there are many types of roofing to choose from in Atlanta. All...

When choosing a new roof for your home, there are many types of roofing to choose from in Atlanta. All consumers have different likes and dislikes in what they want for their home. Therefore, each customer will look for different things he or she wants in roofing. It is important to know what choices are out there, so you can make an informed decision based on the information you have gathered.

There are many types roofing materials to choose from. Some roofs are better in different regions, weather and for particular purposes. When you choose the kind of roofing you want for your home, know the whys. Roofing is one of the biggest investments you will make for your home. Make sure you are making an informed and educated decision before getting the work done. Know the various types of roofing materials available. Research the cost of materials and installation. Understand the lifespan of the materials, and know whether the roof type will increase your home's value.

Multiple choices

There are many different types of materials that you can use for roofing. It is important to research and know what options are available to you.

Asphalt: More than 75 percent of homes in the United States use asphalt shingles. Asphalt is one of the least expensive materials to use for roofing. It is easy to install, holds up nicely and is very durable. However, the lifespan of asphalt is shorter than many other roofing materials. Asphalt comes in many different colors. It's the best economically, but unfortunately, it is the worst on the environment. Petroleum is in asphalt roofing, and asphalt is not recyclable.

Wood: Wood shingles are more costly than asphalt roofing. Wood shingles are also called shakes, and they are handmade. Wood shingles come in cedar, pine, redwood and other types of wood and have a more rustic look. Be sure to check your county building codes on shakes fire rating. For an extra cost you can buy shingles with fire-resistant treatment.

Clay and concrete: Clay and cement tiles are heavier than shingles. They need a more enforced and durable frame. Clay tiles usually come in lighter colors. Concrete tiles are more elegant, which gives the home increased value. Both tiles are non-combustible. Concrete tiles come in many different colors, shapes, textures and styles. Many times you can't even tell they are tiles.

Metal: Steel, aluminum, tile and copper roofing are also called metal. Metal roofing has a cool temperature feel and looks really great. Many metal roofs use recycled materials. The lifespan of metal roofs is usually twice as long as asphalt and shingles. Metal holds up better in adverse weather and is lighter in weight.

Tip: Be sure to research cost of materials to know if the estimate you're given is realistic for the materials used and work performed.

Research cost

Why: It is important that you know you are paying the best price for materials. Therefore, you must research material cost. Asphalt roofing has a lifespan of about 15 to 30 years. The average cost per square feet is $50 to $100. Wood shingles have a lifespan of 30 to 50 years. The average cost is $100 to $165 per square feet.

Clay and concrete are very durable. Their lifespan is about 50 plus years. The cost to buy clay and concrete tiles are $300 to $600 per square feet. Metal roofing materials are extremely energy-efficient and have a lifespan of at least 50 years. The cost starts at around $100 per square feet; however, the cost for metal roofing can go as high as $600 per square feet.

Other options

The roofing materials mentioned above are not the only options. Another roofing option to consider is slate. Slate is beautiful and will last for hundreds of years. However, it is extremely expensive. The cost can range from $500 to $1,000 per square feet. Slate is very heavy, but it is easy to repair and recycle. Another option is fiber cement, which is made up of concrete, clay and wood fibers. The great thing about fiber cement is that it's extremely durable and fire-proof. It isn't as heavy as normal clay and concrete tiles. Plus, it comes in many types of colors and textures. The lifespan of fiber cement is 20 to 30 years, and the cost is around $500 per square feet.

Who to contact for help: Be sure to contact a licensed and bonded roofing professional in Georgia. Use Kudzu to get a list of potential contractors to use in Atlanta, and be sure to check out the company's reviews. It's always good to hear what others have to say about the company. Also, ask the contractor for references, and call the references for feedback. Get a copy of the contractor's insurance and workers' compensation for your records if you decide to hire him.

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