5 Options For Replacing a Roof Reviewed

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What Are The Most Common Options For Roof Replacement?

5 Roof Replacement Options
5 Roof Replacement Options

Are you experiencing problems with your roof? If so, it may be time to consider a roof replacement.

There are typically some glaring signs a roof needs replacement. Maximum Real Estate Exposure provides sound advice on knowing when a roof replacement makes sense.

Roofs are one of the significant components home buyers will look at closely when purchasing a home.

A roof replacement can be an excellent solution for various problems, including leaks, damage from weather, and aging.

There are several roofing material options to consider before moving forward with a roof replacement.

We will look at some of the most popular options and share some essential things to know.

These are the roof types we will be reviewing:

  • Asphalt roof shingles
  • Metal roofing
  • Composite roofing
  • Cedar shake roofing
  • Slate roofing

Asphalt Shingles Are The Most Popular

The most common roofing option when installing and replacing roofs in the US is asphalt shingles.

Asphalt roofing is composed of asphalt shingles, among other components. Property owners may select from three varieties of asphalt shingles: 3-tab, dimensional, and luxury, each offering distinct aesthetic appeal and a range of price points.

Three-tab asphalt shingles are characterized by the three tabs along each strip and are laid flat for an even surface.

Architectural shingles, also known as dimensional shingles, create a random pattern or replicate the look of a wood-shake roof. Luxury or premium shingles aim to simulate slate and are generally larger and more resilient than other asphalt shingle types.

In recent years, the roofing market has shifted from 3-tab shingles to architectural shingles, which are now the most commonly installed option. Luxury-style shingles are less popular but still heavily marketed despite their substantially higher price tag.

An architectural asphalt shingle roof is an excellent solution for homeowners looking for a cost-effective, high-quality roof option. If one’s budget allows, investing in a luxurious asphalt shingle roof can significantly increase one’s home’s curb appeal and provide additional longevity.

Working as a real estate agent for the past thirty-six years, I can confidently say architectural asphalt replacement roofing shingles are the most desirable type.

Metal Roofing Option

Metal roofing has started to become more popular due to its longevity. It is the perfect option for the homeowner who does not plan on moving shortly.

For residential roofing, a standing seam metal roof system is advised. This type of metal roof consists of panels that are mechanically interlocked at the seams, allowing the material to expand and contract when heated.

Despite the growth in popularity, it’s essential to note that this type of roofing is typically two to three times pricier than asphalt shingle roofs.

Due to its versatility, metal roofing can be used in various forms.

Homeowners may choose to use it for a complete roof replacement or opt for a standing seam metal accent for covered porches, dormers, and other flat roof situations.

The Composite Roof Option

Composite shingles are a relatively new addition to the roofing industry, yet they have quickly gained traction, becoming increasingly popular. Composite or synthetic roof shingles are composed of recycled materials such as rubber and plastics.

This shingle option offers a unique alternative to traditional roofing materials, as they are composed of engineered polymer rather than recycled materials.

The distinct advantage of composite shingles is that they can be fashioned to recreate the appearance of a cedar shake roof or slate roof.

Composite shingle roofs are designed to look as authentic as possible, with molds of natural cedar shake shingles and slate tiles.

Those in the roofing industry may be able to discern the difference between the composite material and the genuine article. However, it is highly unlikely that anyone viewing from ground level will be able to recognize a difference in quality.

Provided a budget allows, a composite shingle roof is an ideal and durable option.

Cedar Shake Roofing Option

Cedar Shake Roofs Look Nice But Are Expensive
Cedar Shake Roofs Look Nice But Are Expensive

The beauty of wood can never be understated. The first natural roofing material is cedar shake roofing. This premium system is crafted using natural cedar, creating an aesthetically pleasing look that stands out from other roofing materials on the market.

Cedar trees are typically cut into two-foot sections and then hand-split or taper sawn to create shingles. Hand splitting yields a more rustic aesthetic, while taper-sawn shingles provide a smoother, more refined appearance.

When investing in cedar shake shingles, homeowners should remember that the materials do not come with a manufacturer’s warranty. The only warranty available is the workmanship warranty from the roofing contractor.

Additionally, homeowners should be aware that cedar shake shingles can suffer from discoloration, rot, cracking, and curling over time based on the climate they are exposed to.

Ask your roofing contractor about any associated risks before investing in a cedar shake roof for your property.

While cedar shake shingles look stunning. It is recommended not to invest in this type of roofing unless you plan to stay in your home for an extended period of time. The return on investment will not be recaptured with quick sales.

Slate Roofing Option

The final roofing material to be discussed is a slate roof. This premium roof system comprises natural slate tiles and other associated materials.

Slate is typically mined in Italy before being cut into square tiles. Installation of the tiles differs from other roofing materials, such as 3-foot wide strips or metal panels, as each must be applied individually.

Slate roofing is widely esteemed for its beauty and longevity. However, it can come with a significant price tag and a laborious installation process. As slate tiles are heavier than other, more traditional roofing materials, the home may need to be built, framed, or retrofitted to support the additional weight.

Further, there is no manufacturer warranty in case of premature breakage or failure of the slate tiles. Investing in a slate roof could be your last roofing expenditure for many years — provided you can accommodate the cost upfront.

Final Thoughts on Roof Replacement Options

Replacing a roof is a big deal. What you choose can significantly impact your home’s curb appeal and value.

If you plan on selling your home shortly, it might make sense to hold off on a roof replacement.

Speak to a local real estate agent for their advice. If your roof needs replacing, it might make sense to negotiate it as part of the home inspection. You might also consider a pre-listing inspection to see if other issues will be flagged.

You will unlikely receive the entire value back for a roof replacement. A real estate agent should be equipped to provide thorough guidance.


About the author: The above article on “5 Options For Replacing a Roof Reviewed” was written by Bill Gassett. Bill has been working in the real estate industry for the past thirty-three years. He works for RE/MAX Executive Realty in Hopkinton Massachusetts. Bill loves providing trustworthy information to buyers, sellers, and fellow real estate agents to make the best possible decisions. His writing has been featured on RIS Media, National Association of Realtors, Inman News, Placester, Today.com, Credit Sesame, and others.


About Rochester’s Real Estate Blog: Rochester’s Real Estate Blog is owned and operated by Kyle Hiscock of the Hiscock Sold Team at RE/MAX Realty Group.

Since being launched in 2013, Kyle has published more than 150 quality, in-depth, and unique real estate related articles on the Rochester Real Estate Blog pertaining to topics varying from home selling to mortgages and everything in between!  In addition to quality real estate related content, there are also many quality articles pertaining to the Greater Rochester NY area.

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