Although it's important for homeowners to protect their home, they still have to keep a budget in mind for a roof installation, even when it comes to something as important as hiring Fort Worth roofing professionals. While most homeowners are worried about the upfront costs, there are other factors to consider as well, such as how long the roofing material will last, and how much maintenance it will require over the course of its life.
Although mostly associated with Spanish style homes, tile roofs are one of the most economically friendly options on the market. Tile roofs, which can be made from clay, cement and slate, have been around for decades and are known for their durability, strength and fire resistance. The most impressive facts, however, are that they can last anywhere from 50 to 100 years, or longer in the case of slate, and require very little maintenance. While the upfront cost might be higher than asphalt shingles, homeowners will end up saving money in the end. Tile roofs are moderately to high priced. Clay costs more than cement, but slate is the most expensive.
Besides tile and slate, metal roofing is one of the longest lasting roofing materials at between 30 and 75 years. Once again, this depends on the type of metal used.
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For example, aluminum isn't going to last as long as steel or copper. Much like tile, metal roofs don't require much maintenance. Another benefit of metal is that it reflects sunlight, which helps keep homes cooler in the summer. In turn, this helps reduce energy consumption, which lowers energy bills. Homeowners can expect to pay moderate to high prices for metal roofs. While aluminum is the cheapest, steel is more costly, and copper is priced the highest.
When homeowners are most worried about upfront costs or don't need a roofing material that lasts as long as tile, asphalt shingles are a popular option. Shingles come in a wide variety of styles and colors, making them ideal for nearly every house. Although they typically need more maintenance than tile or metal, it doesn't usually cost much to have them repaired or replaced. Homeowners should expect asphalt shingles to last between 10 and 25 years, so they are a great option for homeowners who don't plan to live in the same house for the rest of their lives. This type of roofing material is very low priced, although three tab shingles are less costly than the laminated or architectural variety.