Seeking a roof placement can feel like a daunting task. Should you choose asphalt shingles? What about metal? Regardless of your choice, there are several pitfalls to avoid when you find yourself having a roof replacement. There is not a short answer to the right roofing material you should choose for your home. Having a roof replacement comes with several moving parts. You should consider typical weather your area experiences, the cost of a roof replacement, longevity, efficiency and durability. In fact, durability is the number one concern in 88 percent of a buyer’s mind, with longevity not very far behind at 83 percent. Which is not hard to understand. Who wants a roof that can’t stand a bit of weather or will fall on their heads when they are sleeping soundly in their room? Not to mention it is likely children are a major concern when deciding on a new roof.

A new roof goes beyond needing to brave the weather. Choosing the right roofing material can actually save you some money on your energy bill. With an adequate roof, you can see as high as a 30 percent decrease in your energy usage. This should be a concern when realizing that, without properly installed insulation, 20 percent of every dollar spent on heating is escaping through the inadequate insulated roof. Make this one of your top concerns when having a new roof replacement.

Are you worried about the aesthetics of your roof replacement? Your roof makes up 40% of what you, and people passing by, will usually see. You can’t argue with the popularity of asphalt shingles. In fact, 75% of all houses have had asphalt shingles installed. Not to mention, asphalt shingles have been a lasting part of the American vista for decades.

If you’ve decided on asphalt shingles for your roof replacement, you should know that your area’s climate can, and will, determine the lifespan of your asphalt shingles. You might see a lifespan as short as 20 years or a lifespan as long as 50 years. Find a roof replacement contractor that can give you a better estimate on the lifespan on your asphalt shingles should you decide when a roof replacement is necessary. Do not be afraid to ask about ROI either. Asphalt shingles can net you a 62 percent Return of Investment, or ROI.

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