Types Of Roofing
Choosing your next roof system is a big decision. There are pro and cons to most choices so we’ll share some of our opinions on the subject in hopes that it will help you make a more informed decision.
A single layer shingle that has been around for ages. These shingles tend to be lighter and therefore they typically don’t stand up to hail or wind as well as architectural shingles do. Typically 3-tab shingles are sold as a 25 year shingle but in this part of the country the average lifespan is more like 15-20 years and a few shingle repairs should be expected throughout that time span.
We consider quality architectural shingles to be the best roofing system for the money. They have a double layer nail strip and they are quite a bit heavier than than 3 tab shingles and therefore tend to stand up to better to both wind and hail. Typically these are marketed as 30 year shingles and the lifespan in our area of the country is typically 20-30 years. With proper installation you should not expect shingle repairs over the life of the shingles. Please note that not all architectural shingles are created equal. Given the fact that on an average 40 square house the price difference to upgrade to architectural shingles from 3-tabs is typically less than $500, we consider this to be a “no brainer” as it not only saves you money in the long run but also increases curb appeal and resale value. Also, if you wish to upgrade, these shingles are offered in both 40 year and 50 year versions that will not only double the lifespan of your roof, but also typically decrease your insurance premium.
Typically broken down into 2 categories and they are “exposed fastener” and “standing seam”. The standing seam metal roof system is a quality roof system that has no exposed fasteners which dramatically decreases the opportunity for leaks. Typically this type roof system is both hail and wind resistant and can last up to 50 years. The downfall to this roof system is that it extremely expensive and typically costs 3 to 4 times as much as an architectural roof system.
Exposed fastener metal roof systems
Are just as they sound. The fasteners are exposed on the top side of the roof with a rubber or “epdm” grommets. The grommets and fasteners tend to be the weak link in the system because the grommets tend to break down over time and do not typically last for the entire life span of the roof. Other things to consider are that metal roofing often inhibits cell phone signal and more and more insurance carriers are changing their policies to exclude cosmetic damage. Which means that hail damage to your metal roof may not be covered in the future since it’s only cosmetic damage, not functional damage. Also, when leaks develop on metal roof systems they can be very difficult to both diagnose and repair.
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