Forget Everything You Thought About Expensive Roofing Services (try this instead)

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So we gathered for you the best tips and tidbits of knowledge, so that when the time comes you’re fully prepared to get your ideal roof for the best price.

Every home owner, at some point or another, is going to have to make some roof repairs, or rather to build a roof from scratch. But there are a LOT of things to consider, so where in God’s name do you even start?

Let’s begin by breaking down common roof designs:

  • Gable Roof: common in countries with cold climates, the design offers many advantages. They are relatively inexpensive, they are more weather-resistant than flat roofs (come Christmas time, for example), they prevent the ingress of water, and are very strong when it comes to facing harsh winds and pouring rain.
  • Mansard Roof: when it comes to taking full advantage of the interior space of the attic, a Mansard Roof is you buddy. Also, if you ever plan on adding another story, the Mansard can be easily readjusted to accommodate that aspiration.
  • Hipped Roof: this, perhaps is a good option for those who cannot decide between the Gable and the Mansard. It relatively effective to endure rain, winds, and snow, but yet also allows for an intelligent use of space. Also, if you’re in the unfortunate spot of expecting a hurricane, the angle of the hipped roof might prevent your home from some serious damage.
  • Flat Roof: ah the flat roof, a friend to every pocket. The rationale is quite simple, it’s much less material, and hence it is cheaper to build and repair. Design wise, it doesn’t take your breath away, but leaves you much room for imagination: a garden? A pool? Perhaps a gym?

The issue, though, is that flat roofs need to be repaired on average every 10 years, while their angled cousins need to be repaired on average once every 20 years. Also, snow and rain will require that you have a good system to let the water out, or you’ll get a pool by accident, not design.

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Ok, so now that we lightly touched on the four main designs, let’s talk materials, shall we? Because here lies the money-saving extravaganza. Let’s dive right in:

  • Asphalt Shingles: if you’re on a tight budget, then this might be your winner. These babies will last anywhere between 15yrs and 30yrs, and you can expect to pay as little as $1.50 per sq. foot. However, never go for the cheapest option, or soon enough you won’t be able to tell your kids that as long as they are under your roof they live by your rules. You need t find the type with a decent hail rating, which indicates impact resistance and durability. Asphalt shingles, can go up to even $550 per sq. foot, depending on quality and design, so consult your contractor.
  • Metal Roofing: may last up to even 50 years. They are incredibly durable, even though they are not exactly much to look at. The good news, though, is that designs that look less and less “metalish” or rolling out every year, so keep that in mind. Anyway, copper, steel, zinc, aluminum – there’s a wide variety. The price is anywhere between $2.50-$2200 depending on the material.
  • Wood Shingles: lasting as well up to 50 years, the wooden roof has been around for centuries. If you live in a fire prone climate, or afraid of an in-house oven catastrophe, know this: while wooden roofs are not fireproof, they can be fire-resistant if they are sprayed with a coating of fire retardants). Wood is know as a decent insulator, much more efficient than asphalt. Price ranges between $1.75 all the way up to $900 per sq. foot.

Now you might be a bit confused at this point, because it seems that—surprise surprise—there is no one correct answer regarding what roof to get, and it depends what you want. But what you should do is research – and this has been a good start. We put here for your convenience search terms that we use to understand the roofing business much better, which will lead you to the best professionals in the field, whether roof contractors or researchers that know their business.

Finally, we leave you with the newest trends in roofing:

Solar Roofing – think green energy and electricity savings, then solar roofing will present itself to you. Increasingly common (and getting cheaper by the year), this roofing consideration may very well end up saving you loads.

Cool Roofs – this invention stems from research in the combination of colors, reflective surfaces, and insulating materials to present you with the best solution for a roof under the hot sun. This will also result in the electricity savings in AC.

Ok, so now you know a bit better what to consider when taking on the challenging task of roof repair or roof construction. If we were to leave you with one final thought, it would be this: work from functionality and price to design, rather than the other way around, since there are many ways of making any one of the options discussed here palatable for the eyes, but when on a budget, you need to combo of function, durability, and price.

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