Taos, New Mexico
Whether your roof is in desperate need of repair, you’re building your own home, or you simply want to upgrade for aesthetic purposes, there are plenty of roofing services to choose from. You can do it yourself, or hire professional roofers from a place like J & K Roofing to do the job. Whatever you choose, let’s take a look at five of the most popular options.
Metal roofing has been around forever and is a very durable and energy-efficient roofing option. Many companies will install metal roofing that is guaranteed to withstand heavy rain, snow, storms, and wind over 100 miles per hour. Metal hasn’t always been the most aesthetically pleasing option, but recently, manufacturers have been creating beautiful designs that rival the prettiest roofing options. Depending on where you live, metal may be the best choice for your roof, especially if you live in an area susceptible to heavy storms.
Slate roofing has also been used for decades and is extremely dense and durable. Not only can it be as durable as metal, it can be personalized with a variety of shades and colors, making it a very attractive roofing choice. Because of this, it is also pretty laborious and costly to install, so you will probably want to hire professional roofing services to install this type of roof. You get what you pay for, and a slate roof will add unique character to your home that you can’t get elsewhere. A slate roof can cost up to $75 per square, which is more than the most expensive metal roofing squares, but slate roofing will easily last 100 years and will require very little, if any, costly maintenance.
Asphalt comes in a couple of different forms: asphalt roll-up and asphalt shingles. Asphalt roll-up roofing is usually reserved for flat roofs and is made from the same material as shingles except it is a large roll that is rolled lengthwise in overlapping strips across your roof. It is the perfect material for smaller projects, like sheds, and its fairly easy installation makes it perfect for DIY projects. A square foot costs just a couple of dollars, but only lasts up to 10 years. Composite asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing option and cost about five dollars per square foot and can last up to 40 years. Asphalt shingles are also fairly easy to install, but most people still opt for professional installation.
4. Wood shingles
Wood shingles cost just slightly more than asphalt shingles but are much more difficult to install for your average hobbyist. These will almost always require professional installation, but the attractive look they offer may be well worth it. The most important thing to consider when installing wood shingles is that they could potentially be a fire hazard and aren’t ideal for places that are under threat of wildfires.
Tiles can come in the form of terracotta clay or porcelain and are mostly found in the southern United States. These roofs can cost up to $30 – $40 per square foot depending on what type of tiles you choose, but they easily last more than 100 years and require little maintenance. Where other roofing options are at risk of decay and erosion, the only thing you need to look out for with these squares is cracking. As long as you don’t walk on your roof a lot, you can expect a long-lasting roofing option with few upkeep costs.
No matter the reason why you need to update your roof, there is an option for you.