When your roof needs replacement, the sticker shock might be surprising. About 70 to 80 percent of the cost of a roof replacement in Rochester, NY goes into the materials. Of course, all homeowners want a roof that will last a long time – which means they’ll need high quality materials. Then labor costs are another 20 to 30 percent. Since the house is probably your largest personal asset, it’s worth your investment.
To help you when considering a roof replacement, here is a guide of different roofing materials with pros and cons for each one:
Composition or asphalt shingles
This roofing material is probably the most popular in the United States, mostly because they are relatively inexpensive with a good fire resistance. However, asphalt shingles may only last 20 years and do require maintenance to remove moss and other debris.
Wood shingles and shakes
Although wood is a traditional choice and makes for a beautiful roof, these roofs have declined in popularity. Wood roofs are better for dryer climates, where they perform better. They could also be a fire hazard unless the shingles are treated.
Metal panel and tiles
Once, metal roofs were only installed on commercial buildings, but these materials are becoming more popular on personal homes. Metal tiles can mimic the look of wood. Some metal tiles and panels come with lifetime warranties. Installation is quick, but the initial cost will be higher. You might be able to offset some of this cost through energy efficient tax credits.
Clay and concrete tiles
Clay is more popular in the south, making this material well-suited to drier climates. Some manufacturers offer lifetime warranties, but your home may not be able to support the weight of a clay or concrete roof.
Slate roofs are more common in the north than in the south and west because slate is quarried in this region. Slates hang from nails on the roof instead of being glued down, which makes them more suitable for steep roofs. The tiles will last for decades and can shed snow, ice, and rain. The largest drawback is the expense. Slate roofs are also heavier than asphalt or metal, but the slates can be reused because they are a natural material.
At Exceptional Exteriors, we recommend asphalt or metal for your Rochester, NY roof replacement. Check out our gallery of pictures to see examples of our work. Call us at 585-284-2800 or use our easy online contact form to talk to one of our experienced roofing contractors about your roofing options.