The Ultimate Roofing Buying Guide

As a homeowner, needing to have roof repair work or a roof replacement done is one of the most stressful — and expensive — home maintenance projects you’ll encounter.

On average, a roof replacement can cost between $7,000 and $20,000, depending on how large your home is and what roofing material you use. There are a number of variables to consider, and a reputable roofing contractor can guide you through the process. Luckily, replacing your roof is something that you should only have to do once in your home’s lifetime.

If it’s time to either get a new roof or repair the one you have, this ultimate roofing guide will tell you what you need to know when getting started.

What Does a Good Roof Do?

Before you decide what roofing materials you want to use when doing a roof repair or roof replacement, it’s important to remember what your roof’s purpose is. A good roof offers the first line of defense for your home against the elements, particularly rain, and water. In fact, 40% of problems in homes are the result of water intrusion from the roof, so having a roof that keeps water out is essential.

Your roof is also supposed to provide insulation for your home, from both outside noises, and outside temperatures. If you want a quieter home, having a properly insulated roof will help with that. Poorly insulated attics and roofs are also responsible for about 25% of heat loss from your home, so making sure you have adequate insulation is important.

How Can I Determine Whether I Need a New Roof?

It’s important that you regularly have your roof inspected by a professional. They’ll check for missing or damaged shingles, holes, rust, stains, signs of wear, clogged gutters, damaged flashing, and any debris that’s on your roof. Inside of your home, the common signs of a problem with your roof are leaks, water stains on your ceiling or walls, and air drafts. If it’s been over 20 years, it’s also a good idea to have a professional roof inspection done to see if you need a new roof.

How Long Will My Roof Last?

The average roof lifespan varies depending on what roofing materials you use, your roof pitch, and the climate and weather where you live. Clay/concrete, slate, and metal roofs last longer, averaging about 50+ years. Wood shake and fiber cement roofs last about 30 years, and asphalt roofs last about 25.

What is the Most Popular Roofing Material?

In the U.S., roughly 80% of homes use asphalt. Asphalt shingles are the choice material in roofing because they’re relatively inexpensive and versatile, come in a variety of colors, are readily available, and match any architectural style. They’re also more durable and are energy-efficient, fire-resistant, rust-resistant, and weather-resistant – especially when it comes to wind and sun.

What are Other Popular Roofing Materials?

The next most popular materials to choose from when getting your roof repaired or replaced are:

  • Metal. Metal roofs are durable, resistant to extreme weather, and come in either panels or shingles. They’re more expensive, but they do offer higher solar reflection, which keeps your home cooler.
  • Clay and concrete tiles. Clay and concrete tiles are an elegant aesthetic choice for roofing materials. They’re long-lasting, noncombustible, and energy-efficient. They’re more expensive but when they’re well cared for, they can last up to 50 years.
  • Slate. Slate roofs are very durable, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly because slate can be recycled. Even more, they’re fire and mold-resistant.
  • Wood shingles and shake. Wood shingles and shakes are durable, flexible, and provide great insulation. They’re also naturally resistant to UV rays, water, mold, and insects.

Who Should I Hire to Repair or Replace My Roof?

You typically want to hire local roofers when doing a roof repair or roof replacement. Local roofers know what the best material to use is based on your area, they often have relationships with area manufacturers and can get materials cheaper, and they understand the building laws and codes in your area, which make them less of a liability.

If your roof is in need of repair or you need your roof replaced, call Jack C. Wilson Roofing Co. today. We’ve been expertly roofing in Jacksonville, Florida since 1946 and would love to help you update the roof on your Florida home.