The cost of replacing a roof is always intimidating. Think of it like this, it may cost you in the $15,000 dollar range to replace or install your new roof in Southgate Michigan, however, you will probably spend in the $22,000 ballpark for your vehicle. You may be thinking, “Yeah, but the vehicle drives me places and plays classic rock.” That may be true, but you will only drive that vehicle for 10-15 years while your roof will last at least 20-80 years. Not so intimidating now is it?
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Choosing The Right Roofing Shingles in Southgate Michigan🏡🏠
That being said, one of those important decisions you and your contractor will have to make is which shingles to put on your roof. You could do a 5-minute online search and go with what 70% of American homes have, which is asphalt shingles, but they may not be right for your home. There are severable types of shingles and all have pros and cons depending on your home’s structure, aesthetics, location and budget.
The variables to consider when selecting the proper shingles for your roof are the types of weather conditions your house will need to endure, the amount of weight your house can support, complexity of your roof, how much you can spend and the desired look of your roof. There are well over 20 types of shingles you can choose from and most of these have subcategories that add a seemingly unlimited variety.
Asphalt shingles are the most common shingle in America. They are made with either fiberglass or organic materials, which is then coated with asphalt granules and a layer of adhesive asphalt.
The three main categories of asphalt shingles are 3 tab, dimensional and luxury. 3-tab shingles are the bargain type shingles and have a relatively short life span as well as not ideal for locations afflicted by harsh weather. Dimensional shingles are much stronger than 3-tab, but cost considerably more up front. Luxury shingles are high end products with a heavier focus on aesthetics while at least maintaining the strength and durability of dimensional shingles. They are the most expensive of the three.
- In the realm of roofing materials, they are the greatest bang for buck. Even the bargain shingles have a decent life span.
- Not all are created equally. You will need to keep an eye out for things like their U.L. impact and wind ratings. Also watch for their ASTM These numbers are especially important if you live in areas where harsh weather is common.
Average Cost: $2,000 – $3,500 before contractor fees.
Metal shingles are highly durable and have a lifespan of up to 60 years. The main types are aluminum, galvanized steel, galvalume steel and copper.
Aluminum is lightweight and doesn’t rust but isn’t as impact resistant as its siblings. Galvanized steel is strong, low cost and has a high variety but due to its difficulty to work with can raise your contractor costs and it has a lower lifespan than most metal shingles. Galvalume is corrosive resistant, fair priced and strong, but like galvanized shingles it is hard to work with and can drive up contractor fees. Copper is strong and renowned for its aesthetics, but can stain other parts of your structure with its run off and is the most expensive of metal shingles.
- Metal shingles provide a highly durable and long lasting roof that is good for most weather conditions.
- The number 1 complaint of metal roofs is that any damage they sustain during harsh weather is visible from the ground. Metal roofs can accumulate dents and scratch’s over time that result in a disappointing look for your home.
Average Cost: $27,000
Slate is the most durable of all shingles due to the fact that it is literally made of rock. It is known for its beauty, longevity and ability to permanently up the value of your home. Slate shingles have a lifespan of over a hundred years. The 3 types of slate are natural slate, fiber cement slate and bituminous slate.
Natural slate comes from a quarry and is the oldest and most durable kind of slate. Fiber cement slate is cheaper than natural slate and comes in more variety as well as weighs less. Bituminous slate is more or less asphalt shingles with a slate coating.
- Slate shingles are highly durable and will outlive the owner of most houses.
Slate is very expensive to purchase, install and repair. Many houses cannot handle the weight that slate shingles create once installed.
Average Cost: $45,000
Concrete Roofing Tiles
Concrete roofing tiles are a popular alternative to clay shingles. They come in a wide variety of shapes, styles and colors.
- Concrete roofing tiles are reasonably priced, durable and low maintenance.
- Difficulty to install can drive up contractor fees.
Average Cost: $15,000
A Type for Everybody
Other types of shingles include solar, clay, wood and rubber. Your safest bet is to speak with an expert who has the experience to inform you of which choice best suits the location of your house while taking into consideration your desired aesthetics and budget. For more information, please call All Point Construction at 734-407-7110