Roof Style-What Are the Advantages, Disadvantages and Cost

When you are in the market for a new roof, you should know what your options are. There are a variety of styles to select from. Some are more durable than others while some are simply more attractive in design. Each homeowner has to decide what they are most interested in and make the best decision that is best for them. A quality roofing company will discuss your options and advise you about the one best suited for your style home. Here we discuss the most widely used type of roof material for residential roofs.

Wood Shingle Roofs

This roof is a classic style. The shingles are made from a type of cedar tree; however, in some places they are made from pine trees. Wood shingles are cut by a machine. Wood roofing is among some of the most expensive roofs because of the precision needed to cut them against the grain of the lumber. These types of roofs typically start at approximately $7,000 and include the roofing material and installation. To have wood roofing installed in place of your existing roof, it could cost up to an additional $1,000. This price increases depending on the size of the roof and the structure of the roof. While the wood roofing is a bit pricey, it is one of the most attractive styles and is very durable, lasting for a very long time.

Asphalt Composition Shingle Roofs

This type of roof is a great, economical roofing option. It is also durable and roofers find this type to be less challenging to install. It is undoubtedly among the most popular roofs available today. The shingles made from fiberglass have a glass mat coated with asphalt. The organic shingles are a combination of asphalt, ceramic and paper. In addition to its cost and durability, this type of roof comes in a large variety of designs and can last many years in the climate of northeast Florida. The singles are often referred to as “three tab” and “architectural”.

The three tab shingles is by far the most common and is the most economical. These shingles are usually rated for 130 mile per hour wind gusts and have a 25 year warranty. This is a commonly used “builder grade” found on many new homes and comes in a wide variety of colors to match any exterior decor.

The architectural shingles are thicker and give a dimensional look to the roof shingles for added definition. These shingles add to the value of home and enhance the esthetics of the exterior decor. These shingles are rated for 130 mile per hour wind gusts and have up to a lifetime warranty when installed as part of an approved “system” by a certified roofing contractor. Thes are truly “peace of mind” roofs and are valuable to homeowners who are looking for high quality and good looks.