Selecting the Best Option for Your Home or Business

Selecting the Best Option for Your Home or Business

Having to deal with roof concerns is a certainty for nearly every homeowner at one time or another. However, many untimely roofing problems can be avoided by annual inspection for possible repair needs. Or else including a new roof when undertaking a home improvement construction project. taktekking bergen

With the exception of a few new rubber roofing products and the new innovation of metal roof tile and metal shingles, roof material and roof installation techniques have remained pretty much the same for the last 20 or 30 years; with the exception of cost, of course, due to inflation.

Shingle Types

Largely due to the cost factor, an asphalt shingle roof is by far the most common and popular type of roofing installed today. Asphalt roof shingles are available in over 50 colors and about 12 different styles; ranging from the common 3-tab shingle, to architectural shingles, to T-lock shingles. Asphalt shingle life expectancy is about 15-years.

The next most popular roof type is metal roofing; gaining popularity due to the fact that when properly maintained, quality metal roofing will last 50 to 100 years or more. In areas with heavy annual snow accumulation, this type roofing is especially popular because of its snow shedding characteristics; reducing the danger of roof collapse under crushing snow loads. Note: metal roof tile and metal shingles have not been in use long enough to accurately determine life expectancy.

Cedar shingles or a cedar shake roof remains the choice for many homeowners. Mainly because of its visual aesthetic appearance and life expectancy, which can be 50 to 100-years when properly maintained.

Other very desirable roof types include ceramic roof tile, concrete roof tile, and slate roof tile. Roofs made from these materials have an extremely long life span when properly maintained; up to hundreds of years. They have been the roof of choice for the wealthy elite not only because of life span, but the unrivaled attractiveness added to the structure.

There are several other roof material choices in use, especially for flat roof structures with only a slight or no roof pitch. Built-up roofing (BUR), also known as a hot asphalt roof, uses multiple layers of membrane fused with hot-mop asphalt.

Modified asphalt (available in rolls) is heated using a torch as it is rolled out. When correctly installed, some asphalt will seep from under seams; an indication of an adequate seal. EPDM rubber membrane roofing forms a single rubber membrane; this roof type is installed using a “cold” process not requiring hot asphalt or torching.

About Pricing

Regardless what type roofing is installed, it is usually priced by the “square;” a 10 X 10-foot area totaling 100-square feet. . Tearing off the old roof and hauling it away costs an additional $50 to $150 per square.

Asphalt shingles are the most affordable type of roofing; $200 to $300 per square installed. Cedar shingles or cedar shakes are about $350 to $400 per square installed.

Metal roofing price is higher than shingles, but usually lower than ceramic tile, concrete tile, or a slate roof. Prices for material alone without installation ranges from $200 per square for standard metal, to over $600 per square for quality coated steel (which lasts 50 to 100-years.) Costs for metal roof options vary greatly depending on installation difficulty; roof designs with multiple gables and valleys will add to the cost. taktekker bergen

Ceramic roof tile, concrete roof tile, and slate are the most expensive options; usually over $1,000 per square installed. These types of roof tile add considerable weight to the roof; as much as ½ ton per square. Requiring strong roof trusses to bear the extra weight. Retrofitting your roof with heavier trusses to support roof tile requires major roof construction; with cost significantly higher than $1,000 per square.

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