Common Roof Types
As you prepare your roofing project, it is important to understand the wide array of roof types available to the modern home owner. We won't go into ALL possible options as there are dozens; that said will take a closer look at the 4 most common. Those are asphalt, tile, slate, and metal, let's find out which of the common 4 may work best for your roofing needs.
Perhaps the most widely used roof type of all the time, the asphalt roof is a classic option for the thrifty home owner. Available in 3 main styles; Dimensional, Luxury, and 3 tab. While 3 tab is the least aesthetically pleasing, under the right conditions it will be the most inexpensive and last for a decade +. Luxury as you may have guessed can be attractive and styled to match other non asphalt roof types. In the middle we have dimensional asphalt roofs; known for its strength it can be expected to last several decades if maintained right. This diverse nature of asphalt roofs make them very attractive and and a reasonable option, give us a call to @ to see if they make sense for you.
Many different materials are used to create tile roofs. From handcrafted clay to metal, copper, and ceramic tile. If your housing project is in the path of hurricanes, earthquakes, and other extreme disasters then tile may be your best option. Not to mention a severe fire resistance, tile roofs can be expected to last a lifetime or more, while widely being regarded as some of the finest looking roofs around! However these roofs are not without cost, and are known to top out at $16.00 per square foot at a national average making them the more expensive choice.
Slate roofs are extremely fire resistant and can last a lifetime. Being cut into thin sheets they are essentially waterproof, at the same time great for retaining your home's heat. A slate roof like a tile roof will last a lifetime and beyond, particularly depending on whether 'hard' or 'soft' slate material is utilized. You will add much more value to your home in a sale with this option compared to asphalt, but is definitely going to cost you a little more to install.
An argument can be made that Metal roofs are the best value option. The installation will be less than slate or tile, but in most cases more than asphalt. What makes metal a value option is that the price is relatively comparable to asphalt, but widely expected to last 2-3 times longer. Now you may have noticed or not noticed a metal roof in your neighborhood. That may be for a few different reasons. Critics of metal roofs cite the inconsistent coloring, while others point to the noise these roofs make when being rained on. That said the way these roofs are created, you may not need to worry about keeping your gutters clean as you wont need them!
Once you know you are replacing your roof, figuring out what type of roof is the next critical step. Contact your friends here at Williams Roofing & Construction at (816)554-2897 to get an expert opinion of what works best for you. We always offer free estimates and are currently running a $200 dollar of discount on all installations. Proudly serving the Metro since 1996, we look forward to helping you plan your next project!
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