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How to Choose the Right Roofing?

Replacing your roofing is a big, expensive job. Do your homework to make sure you get the most out of it and understand what’s available for different homes. There are many factors when buying one that can help or hinder its performance over time, so stay informed!

The roof on your home is the only thing that protects you from all of those mean, nasty storms. Once it starts leaking and letting in rainwater and freezing cold air into your living space- not to mention hail or snow -then there’s really no reason for putting off replacing it anymore.

If something doesn’t seem right with your current shingles, then contact a company like A1 Roofers as soon as possible so they can tell when replacement time will be best suited for you before more damage sets in!

The roofing materials you know and love are only the beginning. There’s a whole new world of roofs to explore! Discover your options, how they’re different from other products, their price ranges and more in this article. We’ll even point you towards detailed information about each type of material so that it doesn’t feel like all work with no play!

For centuries, homes have relied on slate roofs or shingles to keep water off of their home.

However, this has changed with a variety of new products available for any homeowner’s needs.

Some materials such as wood shakes and copper are still used, but both asphalt-fibreglass and newer material like fibre cement will expose your roof to the elements without breaking down over time.

The right solution for your roof is out there. You just have to find it by sorting through the many options available and finding what works best with you.

You might find it difficult to determine the best roofing material for your home out of all the available options on the market. You should take into consideration several factors, such as weather in your area and any maintenance requirements that are needed with this type of product or service.

Here you can sort through Tango & Gatti’s quick guide about choosing what’s right for you! Looking for a roof replacement? Check out Top Glaze for a wide range of roof services.

A Comprehensive Buying Guide for Roofing Materials

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Once upon a time, there were only a few different types of roofs: shingles, clay tiles, concrete and slate. With the advancement in technology today, you have an unprecedented range of choices with modern roof materials to choose from.

When considering a roofing material, make sure to consider not just the function of your home’s protection and waterproofing but also what impact this will have on the appearance and style.

Why not learn more about the different types of roofing materials available to make an informed decision? We’ll guide you through a comprehensive list that will help you decide which one is right for your home.

All these options are suitable for both new homes and re-roofing projects, so it’s important to know how each type might impact the style or look of your house before choosing.

Asphalt Shingles

You’ll find the right roofing material for your home at a cost-efficient price by exploring asphalt shingles. These versatile options come in all shapes, colors and sizes to fit any style or preference you may have!

If you want something of higher quality that is known to withstand extreme weather conditions, then a premium grade architectural shingle would be perfect for you.

Although asphalt shingles can wear out more quickly than other materials, they still do their job of protecting your home for 15 to 20 years. They also make your exterior style look good until the end!

Wood Shakes

In the market for a roof with natural beauty? Wood shingles or shakes are an excellent choice. Not only do they provide stellar protection against sun damage and wind-driven rain, but their long life span of up to 50 years is sure to please any homeowner looking for that traditional look!

If you want your house exterior transformed into a cozy classic home, these roofs can help get there in no time at all – just as soon as one installation session has been completed!


Slate provides all the benefits of a metal roof, but with added class.

It can last for over 100 years and resists fire, water damage from rain or snow-melt in summer months, as well as mildew when you care for it properly. So if your house is looking old and tired on the exterior, we recommend getting to know slate!


Metal roofs are water-resistant and lightweight, making them an excellent choice for storm-prone areas.

They come in two varieties: large panels or smaller sections that resemble shakes, tiles and slate.

The metal roof does a great job of shedding snow to prevent water issues from occurring while also providing protection from leaks and other forms of property damage!

Decide on a Roofing Type

First, figure out what type of roofing you want. Asphalt shingles remain far and away from the most popular choice because they’re relatively inexpensive and easy to install. In CR’s roofing tests, we found that some shingles performed better overall than others that cost more and provide a beautifully layered look or come in huge arrays of colours too!

The trendiest colors right now include light green with blue undertones (like emerald), beige with off-white accents (think khaki), taupe browns – which are so on point for this season when it comes to color palette trends!

Slate, tile and metal are all good options for a roof. Tile is common in the Southwest and Florida because it reflects heat, while slate roofs would be more suitable for houses with Victorian or Gothic style from the 1800s that still exist throughout Maine.

Metal can last up to 50 years if installed by an expert but may require upkeep just as much as asphalt does after 10 years of use.

If you’re looking for a way to save on your roofing project, try doing one side of the house instead. And if new shingles can be laid on top of old ones, then it’ll also help with cost savings and being able to avoid tearing off the whole roof just because there is an existing layer already installed that needs repair or replacement.

The best part about this option, though, is that you don’t need any special permits from your municipality; they allow two layers as long as both are functioning correctly, so it’s all good! Top Glaze has the best range of help if you’re looking for Melbourne roof repairs.

Mind the Warranty—To a Point

In your shingle shopping, you might be impressed by how many manufacturers offer a lifetime protection warranty. But in roofing parlance, a lifetime really isn’t a lifetime; it’s more like 10 years–that is the period during which most manufacturers will pay the roof’s original owner in full to replace defective shingles under the baseline warranty.

After that and for the rest of the time when you own your home, they’ll only reimburse for their depreciated value on new materials from them.

A roofing warranty is a must, but there are many fine print details. For example, if you want to extend the full-replacement period of your shingle warranty and upgrade to a different type of manufacturer’s components, then that option will come at an extra fee.

Warranties usually do not cover damage caused by certain Acts of God, such as very high winds and hail; for this kind of coverage, homeowners insurance should be contacted about filing out any claims with their company or paying it out of pocket.

With these many gotchas, a warranty is not the best way to choose your new roof.

A strong shingle and reliable contractor are what we recommend you put faith in instead. That said, see if the company will transfer their coverage for an additional charge or provide it free with some other service they offer (such as installation).

If you sell your home at any point during this time frame, then a transferable protection plan can be beneficial to both parties!

Solar Panel Considerations

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If you decide to add solar panels to your new roof, make sure that the warranty of the shingle won’t be voided by a solar panel installation. You should also check for insurance coverage from the company that will install them before signing up with one service or another.

Estimating Costs

There are many factors to consider when you’re comparing roofers, but estimating the cost of shingles can be helpful in determining what would work for your budget.

Manufacturers price roofing by the square, or 100-square-foot area. To estimate how much you’ll need for your roof, multiply the length and width of each section in feet to measure its area and add 10% extra to account for waste.

Then divide that number by 100, so we can determine how many squares are necessary. Keep an additional bundle on hand because it’s a good idea to have a spare just in case manufacturers stop making those shingles at some point! Check out our range of roof restoration services here. 

For a typical 2,300-square foot house, you’ll need about 30 squares to cover the 3,000 square feet. This should give you enough waste and extra shingles for future repairs.

Roofing is generally the most expensive part of your roof. This means it’s important to purchase in bundles that will cover as much square footage as possible while still meeting federal standards for quality and safety. Each bundle should have a label stating how many feet of shingles are within, so you can calculate exactly what type or number of bundles you need without having to guess!

  • Metal roofing installation is more expensive than other types of roofs, but the cost may be worth it if you demand a high quality product that requires specialised training.
  • The cost of installation greatly depends on the complexity of the roof itself, how difficult and cut up the roof surface and how many dormers peaks and valleys there are, and the type of material/system being installed.
  • Expect to pay between $550 and $750 per square to install a corrugated or ribbed steel roofing system with exposed fasteners for materials and professional installation of G-90 (26-24ga) steel corrugated or ribbed roof coated with Kynar 500 paint finish.
  • The national average cost to install stamped interlocking metal shingles ranges between $850 0and 1,45 per square for materials and fully-warrantied professional installation.
  • Expect to pay between $850 and 1,450 per square, on average, to install stone-coated steel tiles, including the cost of materials, professional labour, building permits, and workmanship warranty from the installer.
  • It will cost between $1,000 and $1,650 per square, on average, install a high-end standing seam metal roof on the house, including the cost of materials and professional installation.
  • The national average price to install a zinc standing seam roof can range between $1,200 and $1,800 per square for materials and professional installation.
  • Expect to pay between $1,800 and $2,500 per square of copper standing seam or shingles fully installed.
  • If a tear-off and disposal of the old roof are required, it is normally (but not always) a separate cost of about $100 per square.

Roof Installation Issues

The roofing materials’ weight is always a concern because the beams are only designed to carry so much. If you choose a material that, combined with your framing, will exceed this limit, you have two options: beef up the structural framing or consider other lighter materials such as steel shingle.

Tile and slate, in particular, can be especially heavy–some weigh 1000 pounds per square foot-so make sure to check out their weights if considering anything heavier than tile before deciding on them for installation purposes!

The weight of the roof can affect how it is installed. Lightweight materials are easier to load onto a roof and handle during installation, making them ideal for people with less strength or dexterity.

Some lightweight materials like asphalt shingles or composites may also be able to be applied directly over an existing roof as well rather than being laid down on top first.

  • Replacing an old roof with a metal one can save you the hassle of tearing off shingles. Generally, this is possible because metals are so light and easy to install on your home’s steep inclines without risking damage or leaks!
  • Metal roofs require a lot of attention to detail. Be sure that you only hire metal roof specialists with plenty experience in installation because if the job is not done correctly, leaks will start occurring and could end up costing thousands more when it comes time for potential repairs or replacement.
  • Unlike many other roofing materials, a metal roof can easily be installed in the winter.
  • The installation of metal shingles gives you a head start with 10% to 20% less cost. Metal shingle roofs are easy and fast installations, especially on more complex roof surfaces like the ones we have at your house!


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