Times are tough all across America and plenty of homeowners are putting off making major house improvements whenever possible. But when your roof is worn out there's not much of a choice on whether to replace it or not: except you do not mind letting the wet weather come in! So if you are tightening your fiscal belt as much as possible these days, how do you know which type of roofing material is most economic? Here's a quick overview of today's top choices that are appropriate for all climates.
Cement and clay tiles are usually associated with Spanish-style homes, but in recent decades they've been popping up in all sorts of architectural applications. Strong and extremely durable, a roof made from this kind of material is non-flammable and can be expected to last a whopping 50-70 years! However, you will pay more for this kind of convenience and style: expect it to cost between five and seven dollars per square foot.
The most popular type of material all across the nation, asphalt shingles are the work horse of the roofing construction industry. It comes in all kinds of colors and styles and is easily repaired following wind or other weather-related damage. Although this is one of the most affordable choices in terms of up-front costs, this material will last only about 12-20 years; so if you plan on living in the same home for the rest of your life, you can expect to replace the roof several times. Ballpark estimate for cost: about three to four dollars per square foot.
Metal has long been the material of choice for cabins and mountain homes, but because of its durability, new and improved styling and low maintenance needs it has become much more mainstream over the last 20 years or so. Most experts agree that a metal roof can last a lifetime, making it an extremely cost-effective choice. The cost per square foot generally falls somewhere between six and 10 dollars depending on the type of metal you choose.
Every homeowner needs to look ahead to the future and decide for himself the right balance between cost and longevity: getting advice from a roofer you trust will be a huge help in making the right decision too.