Pros And Cons Of 3 Common Roofing Options

19 February 2015
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Whether due to old age or severe damage, you're considering replacing your roof. The good news is that there are many different options to consider, and only one is right for you. So check out these three common roofing options and decide which one you prefer.

Asphalt Singles

One of the main reasons asphalt shingles are so appealing to homeowners is that they are the least expensive option, costing about $120 to $140 per square. However, they still come in a wide variety of colors and styles, allowing homeowners to create a unique look that compliments their home. Homeowners also appreciate the ease in which asphalt singles can be installed. They require no specialized training, so any roofer can do it.

On the downside, asphalt shingles are not as durable as other roofing options. They are prone to getting damaged during sudden shifts in weather. They also tend to expand and contract in extreme weather, leading to cracking.   

Metal Roof

Metal roofs are a great investment for any home because they last a long time. In fact many metal roofs last as long as the house. They are also noncombustible and given a Class A fire rating, so they can withstand fire much better than other roofing alternatives. A metal roof can also keep your house cooler during the summer because it reflects the sunlight instead of absorbing it.

While you end up saving money in the long run thanks to the durability, a metal roof initially costs more. On average, a square of metal costs anywhere from $150 to $600. Despite their higher cost and durability, they are prone to denting, but there are some options that claim to be dent-free. Lastly, metal roofs generate more noise than other roofs. The sound of rain hitting the roof is amplified and may bother some homeowners.

Foam Roof

Foam roofs are more commonly used on commercial buildings, but some homeowners are choosing to take advantage of their benefits. For starters, they provide complete waterproofing and air sealing without the use of flashings. Foam roofs also come with a high R-value, which means they offer excellent insulation when compared to other roofs. This installation lowers your heating and cooling costs.  

The foam used is created though a chemical reaction from two liquid solutions, which requires special training to fully understand. Therefore, it's important to find an excellent contractor who specializes in foam roofs. If the solution is mixed incorrectly, the foam won't be effective. The contractor should also know the right time to spray, as the foam cannot be applied during wet, cold or windy weather. Lastly, the foam is sprayed, which means some of it can be caught in the wind, allowing it to land on other objects, such as your car. Professionals know how foam roofing residential projects might impact the surrounding area and how to be careful.

There are tons of roofing options for your home, and each comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. The trick is finding the one where the pros outweigh the cons for you. For more information about roofs, contact a local roofing contractor today.