New Roofs Improve Safety and Curb Appeal

Fall is the perfect time to secure a home from winter storms. New roofing often provides added  protection from the elements and greatly updates a home’s curb appeal. 

Choosing a new roof can be daunting. While considering budget, aesthetics, and longevity, there are also many roofing materials to choose from. Some of the top choices include: 

Asphalt shingles – Fiberglass and organic mat-based asphalt shingles are cost-effective and easy to install. Asphalt shingles include the lightweight 3-tab Strips and aesthetically pleasing and more durable Architectural (aka Dimensional or Laminate) shingles. Available in a wide variety of designs and colors, these shingles can be also be designed to be impact resistant and/or increase a home’s energy efficiency. Asphalt roofs will typically last 25-50 years, depending on the type of shingle installed. 

Clay Tiles – Easy to maintain and able to withstand extreme weather conditions, these design statement heavy tiles come in earthy color-fast tones, are extremely durable, yet come with a higher price tag.  

Concrete Tile – Similar to clay tiles in looks, weight, and durability, concrete tiles can be colored to the homeowners’ tastes and are less expensive than the look-alike clay tiles. These heavy weight tiles are good for storm areas, are nonflammable, and are energy efficient. The tiles last about 50 years though the color may become less intense over time. 

Metal roofing –Aluminum, copper, zinc, titanium, and steel roofing is lightweight, maintenance-free, and recyclable. Inspired looks come in a variety of colors and finishes from weathered to bright and modern. Metal roofing also offers designs in Flat tiles, Spanish tiles, Victorian, shingles, corrugated, and seamed. With 10–50-year warranties, they can be a cost-effective roofing solution (made this up, as something was missing) 

Slate Shingles – Aesthetically appealing and durable, these heavy natural stone tiles are long-lasting with soft slate lasting about 50 years and hard slate lasting up to 200 years. Unfortunately, these benefits come with a hefty price tag and require installation expertise. 

Synthetic Shingles – Mimicking slate and cedar’s appearance but not the cost, these shingles are lightweight, durable, weather-resistant, and can last for up to 50 years.  

Wood Shingles and Shakes – These natural products can provide character to a home’s style. The way the wood is cut can change the look from rustic to modern and if the cut is thick, can keep a home cozy warm in the cold winter. The lifespan of the roof, 30-80 years, will depend on the various types of woods: Cedar, Redwood, Pine, Spruce, Cypress, Wallaba or Teak. 

Each of these roofing varieties can bring a different design vibe to any home.  While the choice may be difficult, homeowners can rest assured that any new roof will better protect them from inclement weather and raise the value and curb appeal of their home.  

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