Essex County Roofers: Article About Roofing Materials

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When someone is thinking about getting a new roof, they have a variety of options for the roofing materials that they can use. Although asphalt tends to be the most popular material, Essex County roofers may also install roofs made of metal, wood shakes, tile or cement.

The reason that asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material is that they are both lightweight and are fairly inexpensive. Roofing materials costs are calculated per square, which is a roofing term that refers to 100 square feet, and asphalt shingles are available on the lower end for about $80 per square and can range to about $120 per square for higher quality shingles.

Most asphalt roofs will last two to three decades, and, with the addition of an underlayment, they can provide excellent waterproofing. However, asphalt shingles may warp in extremely high temperatures, and they may tear off in very high winds.

Metal roofs are a very durable option, and they can range in price from about $110 to $250 per square. They reflect the heat of the sun, which can be helpful in keeping the temperature of a home down during the summer, and they are fireproof and light weight. However, during a rain storms and hail storms, they can be very loud. Additionally, heavy impacts can dent the surface of a metal roof.

Wood shakes are a lovely option, but they are not as popular as other choices due to their high cost and the fact that they have essentially no defense against fire.

The roofing contractors from All Professional Remodeling of Essex County can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, gutters or skylights.

Even if they are treated with a fireproofing material, many insurance companies will not insure them. Prices for wood shakes range from $175 to $275 per square.

Tile roofs are very durable, and they can last a lifetime if installed properly. They are fire and rot proof, and they are also very attractive. However, they are a fairly expensive option, running between $250 and $500 per square for clay.

The downside of tile is that they can crack if they are stepped on, such as when someone is performing an inspection or repairs. Another major issue with tile roofs is that they are very heavy. A roof must be able to support the weight of tiles or a collapse could result.

Slate is fairly similar to tile, but it is slightly more durable. It requires less maintenance and is easier to repair, and it can also last a lifetime if it is installed properly. However, it is also a heavy roofing option, and a costly one. Slate material runs between $450 and $750 per square. In order to make an informed decision, homeowners should thoroughly research the benefits and disadvantages associated with each type of roofing material.

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