So it’s time to get a new roof. Maybe some unfortunate weather event has made this necessary or maybe it’s simply been the unforgiving passage of time. Whether you have been kicking this decision down the road for a while or have decided that it’s simply time, you now have a very important question to ask yourself: what kind of roof should I get? To best answer this question we have to look at three main features of every roofing material.
Three Key Considerations With Roofing Material
It may be easy to think that a roof is just a roof and as long as it’s keeping out rain and UV rays it doesn’t matter. And maybe this is true of you, but it’s worth considering that different roofing materials have very different looks and curb appeals. Cedar shake roofs and slate roofs are premium-style roofs that may fit certain types of houses better than others. Metal roofs come in a wide range of colors and styles and can be customized to each application. A traditional shingle roof is the most common roofing material. It won’t stand out, which depending on who you are, may be a selling point.
This will likely be your first point of consideration. Roofing prices will obviously vary on a number of factors, but generally traditional shingle roofs are the most inexpensive. Metal roofs, cedar roofs, and slate roofs will all price out higher.
However, if you consider cost over time, then the upfront cost of a shingle roof might be less, but the long-term cost can be significantly higher. Asphalt shingles tend to have a lifespan of around 25 years, cedar roofs around 30 years, metal roofs around 50 years, and slate roofs around 75 years.
If you have found yourself in the position of needing a new roof, we hope you are able to look at the situation as an opportunity instead of a nuisance and make a decision that won’t just work for you tomorrow, but for many, many tomorrows to come. We proudly install metal roofs for commercial, agricultural, and residential buildings, so if you have any questions, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.