Did you know that your roof can account for as much as 40% of your home’s exterior appearance? With so much at stake, choosing roofing materials that not only stand the test of time but also enhance your home’s character is important. For example, according to a recent survey of realtors, a new architectural asphalt shingle can increase the value of a home by 7%! So, your new roof can be a wise investment with the right advice.
The Blue Fox Roofing contractor team can give you the industry expertise you need to make the right decision for your home. We know roofing materials inside and out, and we’re dedicated to finding the right material for your Charlotte roof replacement.
Hands down, asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing choice. They are relatively light, install quickly and come in a variety of styles to fit any aesthetic. This is a great option for reliable roofing that you can choose to match your style and vision. Asphalt shingles have their own subsections that a professional roofer can explain in greater detail.
For instance, laminated asphalt shingles, also known as “architectural” or “dimensional” shingles are layered. They mimic the look of slate or wood shakes for an even more customized home appearance. Somewhat pricier than three-tab style shingles, laminated shingles lay flatter and perform better in high winds. A well-installed architectural shingle roof can last up to 50 years, but more often we see them lasting just 15-20. Ask your Blue Fox home pro about “Lifetime” roofing options to keep your roof healthier longer.
Composite slate shingles look authentic – even when you are viewing them close up. Their material can vary: some may be made up of plastic, polymer, clay, rubber or even asphalt. Since they weigh about the same as asphalt shingles, there is no need for structural changes to your home when upgrading. One advantage of composite slate is that composite shingles are typically not slippery. This makes roof inspections and homeowner assessment much easier. However, they may crack under sudden impact or fade over time if not attended to. Plus, they are rather costly when compared to asphalt shingles.
Metal roofing is typically made of steel, aluminum, copper or alloy and is available in a variety of styles, textures and colors. One of the main draws of metal roofs is the longevity and the look. Copper makes for an especially attractive metal roof, as it acquires a beautiful patina over time. Metal roofing is also lightweight, nonflammable and energy-efficient for your home. Like any material, metal has its downsides as a roofing material. it can be noisy in the rain and dent easier with falling debris or light hail. Metal roofing installations can also cost as much as 40% more than high-end asphalt roofing systems. This is because installing metal roofing is labor-intensive work that requires high-skilled labor to complete.
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Luckily, Blue Fox Roofing is at your disposal! No matter what questions you have about roof materials or new roof installations, we’ve got answers for you. From lifespan and repair frequency to style and color, we live and breathe roofs. Let us help you make the choice that leaves you happy with your roof for many years to come. Give us a call today!