4 Different Types of Roofs For Your Home

There are many different types of roofs and knowing which one is the right one for your house boils down to research, research, research. So do your research and make sure you purchase the right one for your home.

Asphalt Composite Shingles
There are two types of Asphalt Composite roofs. They are organic and fiberglass. Organic mixes paper, asphalt, and ceramic materials to make the shingles. Fiberglass shingles are fiberglass mat coated by asphalt and waterproof fillers. The fiberglass shingles are more fire proof than the organic ones are. But the organic ones are a lot less expensive. The general warranty on an Asphalt Composite roof is anywhere from two to five decades. They are more appropriate for moderate climates than ones that have drastically fluctuating temperatures, they have been known to last longer in cooler climates as well. Costs usually range from $1500 to $9000 for supplies and installation. Add an additional $500 to a $1000 for removal of the previous roof.

Wood Shingles or Shake
This is a beautiful shingle that is cut from the logs of a Western Red Cedar, however, in Central Europe they are cut from Pine Trees. The shingles are machine cut however the shake is split by hand. This is the on the more expensive side of roofing supplies since the shingles or shake has to be carefully made. The wooden roof is so durable that they have a home warranty that last for three to five decades, which outweighs the original price bracket of installation. The general fee for installation and supplies of wood shingles runs around $7000 to $15000, and shake generally runs around $10000 to $20000 with an additional $500 to $1000 for removal of the old roof.

Metal Roofing
Metal Roofing is the most industrial style roofing. It has several materials that the roofs are made from such as galvanized metal, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, corrugated iron, or a blend of various metals. Due to its long life span, durability, cost of materials, and ease of install it has moved from being only used in third world countries to being used in residential and business structures all over the world. Metal roofs are the most durable roofs to have, it’s almost indestructible in normal weather conditions and is able to handle and resist fire, high wind, hail and snow. The general warranty for a metal roof is two to five decades and with proper care the high end ones can last a century. They have even been known to boost energy efficiency when coated with a reflective material that reflects the sun off the roof. The cost of a Metal roof can be quite expensive and many have suggested it is not the most attractive roof on the market. The price of a basic interlocking metal roofing system ranges from $5000 to $17000, corrosion resistant would run $12000 to $22000, and higher end ones such as copper can range from $25000 to $40000 for installation and materials, expect to pay an additional $500 to $1000 for removal of old roof.

Clay Tile Roofing
If you’re looking for a Spanish countryside look then this is the roof for you. The roof is generally made form clay but has been known to be constructed by sand or concrete. This is among the most durable roofs on the market and can last five decades or more with proper maintenance. The Clay Tile roof is ideal for sunny climates and has a natural protection from the sun’s rays, it also protects against rot and insect damage since it’s not wood. You can even have your tiles look like wooden shingles with more protection against fires. The roofing material is pretty expensive and very heavy so structural supports will be needed, and the underlying material should be replaced by a professional ever two decades. When walking on the tile roof be careful because the tiles can break, so it’s best to hire a professional. Professional replacement ranges from $12000 to $21000, high end tiles can go as high as $65000 for installation and materials. Add an additional $500 to $1000 for removal of old roof and an extra $1500 for structural support if needed.

By contacting HKC Roofing, in Louisville, KY you can learn all you need to know about your roof and other roof options available.


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  1. Wilfredo Hernandez says:

    I like that metal roofs can reflect the sun back so that heating costs are lower. I would love to get a home that has metal roofing, especially since you mentioned that some can last 100 years. That would be nice for a permanent home. Thanks for the advice.

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