How to Choose a Roof for Your Home
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Less expensive than clay tiles, concrete roof tiles are also heavy but can last a long time and are very fire resistant.
- Cost: Moderate.
Slate is one of the oldest roofing materials. Though brittle and expensive, it is very durable and resists both wind and fire.
- Cost: Very expensive. Requires specially trained workers to install.
Wood Singles and Shakes
Wood shingles and shakes made from rot resistant woods have low fire resistance unless treated.
- Cost: Moderate.
The following table gives an overview of the various materials available. Weight and cost are listed per square of roofing (100 square feet) and include both labor and materials. Actual price may vary depending on the particular product used, the complexity of the job, and labor costs in different parts of the country. The cost per year indicates the price of the labor and materials per square over the roof’s projected life.
|Asphalt (3-tab)||190-250 lb.||15-20 yr.||$75-$125||$4-$8|
|Asphalt (laminated)||240-340 lb.||20-30 yr.||$125-$200||$4-$10|
|Metal (coated steel)||80-150 lb.||30-50 yr.||$250-$450||$5-$15|
|Plastic Polymer||70-300 lb.||50+ yr.||$400-$650||$7-$13|
|Clay Tile||600-1,800 lb.||50+ yr.||$800-$1,000||$13-$20|
|Concrete Tile||550-1,000 lb.||50+ yr.||$300-$500||$5-$10|
|Slate||800-1,000 lb.||75+ yr.||$1,100-$2,000||$10-$20|
|Wood (cedar)||200-350 lb.||15-25 yr.||$350-$450||$14-$30|
There are two warranties to consider when roofing your home. The manufacturer’s warranty covers defects in the roofing material. A separate warranty may be issued by the roofing contractor to handle problems arising from improper installation.
A warranty is no better than the company that writes it, so make sure the product comes from a reputable manufacturer with the financial resources to stand behind it. This applies to the roofing contractor as well, since a fly-by-night roofer may be long gone before their guarantee expires.
It is important to read the warranty carefully to see what is covered and excluded. Some warranties are not transferable when you sell your house while others are limited to the cost of materials or are prorated over time.
Your roof is your home’s single most important defense when it comes to protecting it from the elements, so it makes sense to make sure it’s done right.
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