When it comes to the cost of installing a new roof, there are many factors that will affect the total cost. The type of roofing material you choose will determine the price. For example, clay tiles are more expensive than slate tiles. Metal roofing is also more expensive than traditional materials like asphalt shingles and cedar shake roofs. The installation process can also have a significant impact on the total cost. Installing a metal roof is much more complicated and time-consuming than installing asphalt shingles or cedar shake roofs. This means that labor costs will be higher for metal roof installations, which will increase the overall price tag. Asphalt shingle roofs are the primary choice of many homeowners because of its cost-efficiency. Many enjoy the ease and low cost of asphalt shingle roofs, but homeowners should consider overall costs over the long-term.
Metal roofs can last for more than 50 years because of its high durability and long life. The length of time a metal roof can last depends on the quality and material used, as well as how it was installed. Quality and installation are key factors to determining the life span of metal roofs.
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Composite Asphalt Shingle Roof
Composite shingle roofing is the most popular of all roofing materials, found on more than 80 percent of all homes. Composite shingles use either an organic or fiberglass base that is saturated with asphalt, coated on the bottom side with asphalt, and the exposed surface impregnated with small chips of slate, schist, quartz, or ceramic granules.
The vast popularity of shingles owes to the relatively low cost, easy installation, and decent life expectancy. These roofs are normally installed by professional crews, but installation is not out of reach for a skilled DIYer.
Composite asphalt shingles can be expected to last 15 to 40 years, depending on the quality of the materials chosen. Some shingle roofs may even last as long as 50 years. Most shingle roofing manufactures offer a range of products in different weights and different life expectancies. Manufacturers like Owens Corning, GAF, or Certainteed come with accordingly high-end warranties pushing a half-century.
Maximize the lifespan of asphalt shingle roofs by avoiding cheap shingles and avoiding walking on them. Keep them free of moss, and never power wash an asphalt shingle roof.
Installation Costs and Lifetime Value
On average, asphalt shingle roofs cost around $5 per square foot to install, although the price range can be substantial, depending on the types of shingles selected and the labor costs from region to region.
Assuming that a 2,000 square foot house with a typical roof slope has a roof square footage of about 2,200 square feet, that roof averages about $11,000 for professional installation. Assuming this roof might be replaced three to four times, an asphalt shingle roof will cost, in today's dollars, $33,000 to $44,000 over 100 years. Since a typical homeowner rarely lives in a home for more than 30 or 40 years, during which they may reroof only once, asphalt shingles make for a fairly cost-effective roofing material for most homeowners.
Wood Shingle Roof
Wood shingle roofs are made from thin, wedge-shaped pieces of natural wood, such as cedar or yellow pine, which are sawn from logs. They make for an extremely attractive roof but are tricky to install and not suitable for most DIYers. Be aware that growing fire hazards in some regions has caused legal restrictions on the use of wood roofing materials. They are not a good choice in any location where there are seasonal wildfire hazards. (Continue reading here to learn more)
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