If you're on a tight budget, asphalt shingles will be the most cost-effective roofing material for your next roof replacement. While asphalt is the cheapest roofing material, there are 3 different types of asphalt shingles that vary in price and affect the amount you'll spend to replace the roof. Wooden shingles and slats last longer than asphalt shingles (30 to 50 years), provide better insulation and have a classic look. Metal roofing is a classic American roofing material and look elegant.
The price of metal roofs varies greatly. In the low range, metal roofs are slightly more expensive than asphalt and last much longer. In the high-end range, they can cost several times more. Aluminum and galvanized metal are among the least expensive metal roofing options.
Zinc and copper are among the most expensive. Slate is a natural material, one of the oldest and most durable roofing materials. It is also one of the most expensive. However, a slate roof can last between 75 and 150 years, making it less expensive in the long run.
Solar glass combines the electricity generation capabilities of solar panels with high energy efficiency, an excellent hail rate and a lifetime warranty. Plain and simple, the cheapest roofing material based on cost alone is asphalt shingles. However, some other options are more expensive at the initial cost, but will last longer, such as wood shingles, metal shingles, slate shingles, and solar glass shingles. Asphalt shingles are the most affordable right from the start, but sometimes they can cost more than other long-term options.
Finally, the best way to replace a roof on a limited budget is to find a reputable roofing contractor who knows what they're doing. But what if you can't afford expensive materials? Are you determined to tear the asphalt shingles off the roof and replace them with more? A clear advantage of cheaper types of roofing materials is the lower initial cost, especially if you're repairing or replacing your roof out of necessity. Depending on the type of roof you are buying and the condition of your old roof, your contractor may apply a new masking. Tearing off the old roof doesn't account for a large percentage of the cost of the roof and, in my opinion, it's not worth the increased risk and the loss of warranty coverage.
If you hire a cheap contractor, you'll likely run into more repairs and more stressful maintenance after replacing the roof. Check with your local building department or state consumer protection agency to confirm that roofers are properly licensed and insured. While the best-known green roofs involve placing layers of moss and plants on the roof, blue roofs have to do with water storage. Just remember that taking care of any signs of damage and replacing the roof when needed will help you save money in the long run.
Understand the size and complexity of your roof and know the exact materials you want to install before talking to contractors. If you have the time, the right equipment, and the stomach for the heights, removing old ceilings before the installer arrives could help reduce costs. To contact an experienced roofing contractor from Advocate Construction, call us today for information on how you can get a free inspection at 833-409-ROOF (766). Whether you're replacing a roof before you sell your house or it's time to buy a new roof, replacing a roof will cost you a little money.