Consumers spend millions on home improvement each year. From window installation to bathroom remodeling, each project comes with its own set of complexities and possible pitfalls, often leaving consumers feeling stressed and confused.
Roofing projects are no exception. Whether you’re in the commercial or residential roofing market, choosing a roofing contractor can be a daunting task. That’s why it’s so important to inform yourself before selecting a roofing company for your new roof installation. Whether you’re looking for professional roof repair or an entirely new roof, be sure to consider these three factors.
Consumers cited durability as the most important factor in determining which new roof to purchase, according to a consumer survey. This factor is number one for good reason. Unpredictable, extreme weather can wreak havoc on roofs. In fact, another survey found that 65% of consumers said they were most likely to repair their roofs following weather damage, and the Insurance Information Institute said winter storms are the third-largest cause of catastrophic losses to homeowners, like a collapsed roof.
Still, not all roofs are equally durable. Lower-quality roofs and roofs over 20 years old are more likely to be damaged by harsh winter weather, while most newer roofs are built to withstand 15 to 30 pounds per square foot of snow. Certain materials, like metal roofing, better withstand extreme precipitation. In some states, like Texas, metal roofs can even lower your homeowner’s insurance by 35%.
Longevity was cited as a close second to durability in order of importance in selecting a new roof. Just like with weather, not all materials can withstand the test of time equally. A metal roof can last a lifetime and often comes with a 30 to 50 year manufacturer warranty. Asphalt shingle roofs, on the other hand, can require reroofing every 10 to 20 years.These shingles, which can be either organic or fiberglass, can provide your home with protection for 12 to 15 years at an affordable upfront cost, though metal roofing is thought to deliver a higher ROI.
As with most any construction project, the environmental impact of your new roof can vary based on your preference. In terms of materials, metal roofs, which typically have a minimum of 25% recycled content, are generally considered the greener option. Asphalt shingles and other conventional roofing products contribute approximately 20 billion pounds of waste to U.S. landfills each year. A metal roof can also save roughly 25% in energy costs compared to a dark-grey asphalt shingle. Metal roofing can also be installed over an existing roof, meaning there’s no need for the excess cost and eco-impact of tear-off and disposal.