Let’s talk about the longevity of your home. If you’re like most people, you have a 30 year mortgage. You might be in year 2 or year 10 or year 20 of that mortage. Any way you look at it, 30 years is a long time. Your home might even be handed down to your child or another family member. I’m sure they would enjoy having it for another 30 years as well. So if we’re talking about longevity of a home, you have to look at it from the top down.
A strong roof lead to a strong home. You don’t want to worry about replacing your roof or re-roofing two or three times over the life of your mortgage. And you certainly don’t want to hand down a home that has to have it’s roof replaced either.
So let’s take a look at your options when it comes to your roof and what it means for you home long term.
Even if you are limited by budget, you have to remember saving money up front will end up costing you in the end with repairs and replacement costs. Making the right decision now, will insure the longevity of your home and increase the value of your home for years to come.
Asphalt Roll Roof
If you are someone who is ready to get busy and do your roof yourself, then asphalt roll roof might be an excellent way to help you save money on installation. But you should know it isn’t necessarily a good choice for your home or office. It’s not a hardy material, it is best left for sheds or other dwellings that you don’t mind replacing frequently. The lifespan of an asphalt roll roof is somewhere between 5-10 years if you install it correctly. Aesthetically speaking, it also doesn’t have the highest curbside appeal.
Composite shingle roof
A composite shingle roof is a popular and common choice for homeowners across the nation. It lasts anywhere from 15-40 years, depending on the grade that you choose and the quality of the installation. The types of composite shingle can vary greatly, so make sure to choose one that has a good longevity; otherwise you will end up spending a lot of money in maintenance and repairs, and it won’t last it’s full service life. Before you choose which manufacturer to go with, make sure to do some research on their reputation for quality and their background.
Wood shingle roof
Wood shingle roofs are highly aesthetically appealing. They typically last for about 25 years if they are installed properly, and they are made from organic materials which makes them a “green” option. If you maintain them well, then they are an excellent choice for someone who is really concerned about traditional curb appeal. They aren’t inexpensive though, so they are usually used by high-end builders.
Standing seam metal roof
Available in numerous colors and options, the curb appeal of a metal roof is extremely high. There is almost no maintence to preform, so once it’s up, it’s up. Metal roofs are very green and energy efficient. Meaning you’ll save on your heating and cooling bill every year, so you’ll actually be paying for the roof over time with those savings. The average seam metal roof lasts anywhere from 40-70 years and are highly durable in extreme temperatures and weather conditions.
Wood shake shingle roof
The average lifespan of a wood shake shingle roof is about 35-40 years, so they can last a long time if maintained correctly. Wood shake shingles are thicker than the average wood shingle, which gives them greater durability and helps them be more impervious to weather conditions. If you maintain and install them correctly, they might be slightly more expensive than other options. But they are beautiful, and they can really enhance the exterior look of your home.
Take all things into consideration before choosing which roofing type is right for you, and consider how much you want to spend, how much you want to have to maintain, and how long you want the roof to last to help you pick the right one for your dwelling. And as always, give DYMI Construction a call with your questions, we’re always happy to go over your options and help you pick the right roof at the right price.