If it's time to replace your roof, you may be overwhelmed with the material options out there. In this post, we will give you an inside perspective on what materials we like the best and what problems you may have with each material type. The more knowledge you have in your decision-making process, the better the chance of finding the perfect solution for your roofing needs.
Shingles are the single most popular roofing choice for homes across the country. The average roofing replacement cost with asphalt shingles is around $23,716 for the Baltimore area, according to the 2019 Cost vs. Value Guide.
Shingles are typically the most cost effective option for roofing replacement, but they are also the most often repaired roofing material. These roofs usually only last between 25 and 30 years. The lifespan of a shingled roof is not as long as a metal roof. You will find yourself needing repairs or replacement again in your lifetime.
Shingles are often very susceptible to wind and weather damage, but the positive is that they are typically easy to repair. We suggest not skipping out on your yearly inspection if you choose a shingled roof. It is important to keep an eye on missing, raising, or buckling shingles.
Be sure to have a reputable and certified roofer like RoofPro install your shingles so you’re sure they are not cutting corners. Also, be aware of the warranty options available through your roofing materials supplier and take advantage of those offerings.
Metal and Aluminum
Oftentimes, people use the terms metal and aluminum interchangeably when referring to a metal roofing material. At RoofPro, we think that metal and aluminum roofing materials are great options for homeowners in Maryland. These options are becoming increasingly popular due to the durability they provide. A properly installed metal or aluminum roof can last up to 100 years.
One downside with this type of roofing material, however, is the cost. In the Baltimore area, you can expect to spend around $38,622 on average for a metal roofing replacement. This is much more expensive than a traditional shingle roof. But, the old saying is true: you get what you pay for. You are paying for durability that can withstand the harsh Maryland climate with very minimal upkeep required. If you count how often shingles need to be repaired over the roof’s lifespan, the extra up front cost for a metal or aluminum roof may be far cheaper than the maintenance and inevitable replacement cost for a shingled roof. There are many great brands like Owens Corning and CertainTeed that offer quality products for any budget. Compare the prices and warranties on each prior to making your decision.
We Can Help
If you’re still not sure which roofing material option is right for you, our experienced customer service team can help. We know that no two homes are exactly the same and we have the vast knowledge needed to make an informed decision when weighing out the pros and cons. Give us a call today to go over your needs and book a free estimate.
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