Though it’s something we don’t give a ton of attention to in the home buying process, a roof is really a very important component of a home. New roofs make homes much easier to sell and bring great returns on investment as well as providing visual appeal. In fact, it is estimated by realtors that 40% of a home’s curb appeal comes from the roof alone. Besides making homes easier to sell, new roofs can save homeowners up to 40% on energy bills.
It is evident that a new roof has myriad benefits for the homeowner. However, deciding what types of roofing materials to ask your residential roofing contractor to use is the first step, and it isn’t always easy. A competent roofer can provide suggestions, but it can be difficult to know which suggestions are coming from the head and which are coming from the wallet.
The key to a great roof repair or installation is choosing materials with longevity. Here, we’ll look at seven roofing materials and provide suggestions about which are best for roof repairs and installations.
- Slate is the most durable roofing material and will last easily for more than 100 years. In fact, there are slate roofs built during Shakesperean times that are still performing their duties admirably. Slate is real stone, laid thickly on the roof that can only be supported by trusses with adequate strength. Combined with the best insulation materials, slate roofs provide the best roofing warranty.
- Spanish tile is also very durable and will last up to a century. You can still see roofs on old California missions that are in excellent shape, and a trip across Spain or South America would reveal even older ones that are still in good shape.
- Wood shake shingles will last you between 35 and 40 years, but only with proper maintenance. You will need to call a roof repair contractor regularly to support wood shake shingles on your home.
- Sheet metal is considered mainstream now and will last between 30 and 50 years. Make sure you hire a roof contractor specializing in metal roofing if you choose to opt for a metal roof, as they can’t be installed by just anyone.
- Wood shingles might get you about 25 years of use. Because they are made of wood, they are prone to weathering and are quite thin.
- Composite shingles are still quite popular, but have a very wide range of success. Some last only 15 years while others last 50, largely because the quality of materials varies widely. Many come with high end warranties of up to 50 years, but others will begin shedding grains even in the first year.
- Asphalt roll might get you 10 years and should never be used for a home. Generally, it’s only intended for wood sheds.
Roof repairs and installations can make a major difference for saleability and energy costs. Be sure to choose your material and contractor carefully in order to get the best results possible. More like this blog.