Greenwich Roofing: Article About Roof Material Choices
When it becomes time for a homeowner to replace his or her roof shingles, a Greenwich roofing contractor can recommend different types of material for a project. Three choices that are often available include asphalt, wood and slate. The cost for these different materials can vary widely as each choice has specific pros and cons that a homeowner must consider. Typically, the majority of roofing projects utilize asphalt shingles due to their low cost, but other factors besides price should be considered by a homeowners who are replacing their roof.
Asphalt shingles are available as a standard type of shingle or one that is laminated. It is not surprising that a majority of homeowners utilize standard asphalt shingles when they are replacing a roof. In fact, around 80 percent of roofing replacement jobs in the United States use standard asphalt shingles. Advantages of this type of material include its ability to last up to 30 years, its low maintenance and its low cost of around $100 for the installation of a 100 foot square area.
Laminated asphalt shingles are similar to standard asphalt shingles, but laminated asphalt shingles will last for up to 50 years. Laminated asphalt shingles also look more attractive from the curb and have an appearance that makes them look similar to cedar or slate shingles.
The roofing experts at Sound Renovation of Greenwich CT can assist you with any questions regarding cedar roofing or asphalt roofing.
However, the cost of laminated asphalt shingles escalates to about $500 for a 100 square foot installation
Wood shingles are often chosen by homeowners for their rustic and classic appeal. They look attractive, cost less than slate shingles and are fairly easy to install. Wood shingles will last as long as 30 years but can suffer damage more easily than asphalt or slate material. Wood shingles do require maintenance such as repainting and are not as fire resistant, which is a drawback, but they are relatively lightweight.
Slate shingles are chosen for their longevity, color variations, shape and distinctive features. Unfortunately, the cost of these advantages can be more expensive. The cost can run up to $1000 for a 100 square foot area. Slate shingles must be installed by a professional roof contractor who possesses both the special tools and experience that is necessary to complete an aesthetically pleasing job.
When deciding on the type of material to use on a roof replacement, a homeowner will have to factor in the price that fits their budget, the pros and cons of each material such as longevity and how well it reacts to weather in their location.