The roof is one of the most important parts of your home, and one of the biggest investments. The majority of roofing materials have a life expectancy of at least 20 years, but eventually the time will come to have your roof replaced. Deciding whether to stick with your previous roofing option or choose a new one, and then deciding which one, is a major decision that will have a big impact on your home in the future. Our team at Integrity Homes & Construction Inc. wants to help you make the best choice for your home, and to help you do that, we have put together this brief overview of some of the most popular roofing options.
- Asphalt Shingles- Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing option for American homes and the one that we at Integrity Homes & Construction Inc. work with the most. These shingles are made of a fiberglass mat sandwiched between two layers of asphalt, with tiny stones on the top that help protect them from the rays of the sun. Asphalt shingles are one of the most affordable roofing options, and every roofer knows how to install them. However, they have a life expectancy of just 20 years and will need periodic cleaning.
- Metal Panels- Metal panels are one of the fastest-growing residential roofing options. Typical metal roof panels are about 16 inches wide and can be up to 20 feet long, so they can reach from the ridge to the gutters without a seam. Although metal roofing does have a higher initial cost than traditional asphalt shingles, this option is extremely long lasting—some brands even carrying a lifetime guarantee—so it’s a worthwhile investment in the long run.
- Clay Tiles- This roofing option is characteristic of the Spanish-style architecture that is popular throughout much of Florida. In addition to the traditional red, clay tiles also come in options that can mimic the look of wood shakes or slate, so they afford plenty of design possibilities. Like metal panels, clay tiles are extremely long lasting and may come with lifetime guarantees. Also like metal panels, however, they have a higher initial cost.
If you are in need of a new roof, you can come to our team at Integrity Homes & Construction Inc. for expert advice and excellent service.