Low-Sloped and Flat Roof Options
A small percentage of homes have flat or low-sloped roofs. Both flat and low-slope roof options including EPDM Rubber, PVC, and TPO,
Choosing the Right Roofing Material for Your Home
Here are brief summaries to help you narrow your options or choose a roof that will suit your home and your purposes.
Asphalt shingles: Cheap shingles are a good short-term choice if you plan to sell your home in less than 10 years; better shingles offer a good combination of cost and durability that is a good value over 20-25 years.
Wood shingles and shakes: If you want a rustic yet handsome look, these are tough to beat. Think twice if your roof doesn’t get much sun, and choose an experienced contractor because quality installation is crucial for durability.
Metal roofing: If you want stylish, eco-friendly roofing that stands up to snow and ice better than the other materials, metal is a great option. It’s ideal if you plan to live in your current home “forever” or want a roof with excellent resale value.
Clay, concrete, or composite tiles: If a tile roof fits your home’s architectural style, strongly consider this material if it fits your budget. Clay is costlier but lasts longer than concrete roof tiles. Fiber cement composite tiles are a good middle-ground.
Slate roofing: Upscale brick and stone homes just need a slate roof to make them truly special. If cost isn’t an issue and you want the most distinctive aesthetic of any roof, choose slate.
How to Save Money AND Get a Great Roof
If saving money were the goal, then hiring the cheapest labour would be the path to accomplishing it. However, that will likely turn out to be a mistake discovered when the roof falls apart or fails to protect your home from the elements.
The better route is to request estimates from several licensed and insured roofing contractors that specialise in the type of roof you want. Let them know that they are competing with other companies for the project. Then, get some references, drive-by homes they roofed from 5-15 years ago to see how the roofs they’ve installed are holding up.
Pro Tip: Inquire about the experience of the crew that will be installing your roof.