Is your roof showing signs of wear and tear? Are you wondering about the dangers of an aging roof—and considering the cheapest roofing options that meet your needs? Chances are you have an asphalt roof because they’re the most common, but there are other roofing materials as well. Read through our rundown of the least expensive roofing material, and see how Roof Maxx can extend the life of asphalt shingle roofs by up to 15 years.
Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular roofing materials because they have relatively low upfront costs. Still, there are other things to consider, such as the lifetime cost of materials and how often you have to replace them. Look at our rundown of different roofing materials and their pros and cons, then consider an alternative that can extend the life of asphalt shingles.
Note: This rundown is for sloped roofs. For more information on flat roofing materials, see our blog on different types of roofs.
Asphalt shingles are the most popular due to their low upfront cost. To ensure they last as long as possible, asphalt shingles require a well-ventilated roof, so give some thought to how you will ventilate the roof and what kind of vent caps you want if you need ventilation holes.
Don’t forget to take into account the hail rating of any shingles you look at. Shingles vary widely in quality, and the hail rating is an excellent way to estimate durability and impact resistance. If you can’t find the hail rating, consider a different brand of shingles.
Wood shingles and shakes last longer than asphalt shingles (30–50 years), provide better insulation, and have a classic look.
Metal roofing is a classic American roofing material and looks classy. The price of metal roofs varies widely. On the low end, metal roofs are a bit more expensive than asphalt and last a lot longer. On the high end, they can cost several times as much. Aluminum and galvanized metal are among the least expensive metal roofing options. Zinc and copper are among the most expensive.
Slate is a natural material, among the oldest roofing materials, and the most durable. It is also among the most expensive. However, a slate roof can last 75–150 years, making it less expensive in the long run.
Solar glass combines the electricity-generating capabilities of solar panels with high energy efficiency, an excellent hail rating, and a lifetime warranty.
Which roofing is least expensive depends on how much time you have and your budget. A more expensive roof will be an excellent long-term investment if you can afford the upfront costs. But what if you can’t afford costly materials? Are you stuck with tearing your asphalt shingles off the roof and replacing them with more?
Roof Maxx is an all-natural, plant-based spray that soaks into asphalt shingles, replacing the oils that dry out over time and restoring the shingles to like-new condition. Roof Maxx carries a 5-year warranty and can be applied 3 times, once every 5 years, for 15 added years of life.
Read our customer reviews, and read more about Roof Maxx and roofing on our blog. Then ask for a free estimate and see how you can use Roof Maxx to dramatically increase the life of your shingles and save you money on a roof replacement.
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