Every day, homeowners approach licensed roofing companies to help with the selection of the materials for a new roof. There are many options available, and prices can vary drastically. Often, homeowners who choose the cheapest alternative find themselves regretting their decision within just a few years. Your roof is going to take a beating from the sun, rain, wind and probably hail. If you choose quality roofing materials and a reputable roofing company to install them, your roof will have a better chance of withstanding the punishment inflicted by nature.
Quality roofing materials share certain features. They are manufactured by reliable companies that stand behind their warranties. Quality materials can outlast inferior products, reducing the need for a premature replacement or emergency roof repair due to the unexpected failure of the roof covering. Also, quality roofing materials will be available in styles and colors to match your home’s architecture and your preferences.
What Is a Quality Asphalt Shingle?
Asphalt shingles are manufactured in different styles that have different weights and features. The three-tab shingle is the least expensive style; it is the lightest in weight and has the shortest life expectancy at 15 to 20 years. For just a little more, however, you can upgrade to a more substantial, three-dimensional shingle that adds architectural interest, offers better protection and has a life expectancy of 25 to 30 years. At the upper end of the price range, you will find shingles with warranties of 40 years or more as well as custom shingles. Some of the high-end shingles mimic wood shakes or metal shingles remarkably well.
What Is a Quality Metal Roof?
Metal roofing systems are extremely durable, and although warranties may top out at 40 to 50 years, a metal roof can last for many decades after the warranty expires. There is a great deal of variation in the quality, appearance, and durability of a metal roof. The cheaper styles are usually corrugated sheets or rolls. For a home, you should consider metal shingles or panels due to their visual appeal, color selection, and durability. Because there are so many options available, you should ask your roofing company to show you pictures of homes sporting the different styles, including standing seam roofing systems, the various styles of shingles and traditional metal roofing panels.
What Is the Best Way to Ensure the Quality of a Roof?
The best roofing materials on the market can fail miserably if the contractor does not install them correctly. Therefore, you should ensure that you hire a reputable company with the experience, equipment, and skills needed to fix the type of roof you want. Since all roofs will require routine maintenance, you might want to select a contractor who also offers roofing maintenance plans; these plans typically cover annual inspections and limited repairs. Look for a contractor who provides a variety of roofing services so that you can have a single, trusted contractor to handle any roof-related repairs and installations, including work on your flashing, chimney, skylight and gutter system.
Contact Alpha for Help With the Selection and Installation of Quality Roofing Materials
Alpha Roofing is a highly experienced roofing company serving customers in Austin, TX and Central Texas. Our services include metal roof installations, roof repairs, asphalt shingle installations, chimney repairs, skylight installations, preventive maintenance programs, siding installations, emergency roof repairs, flashing installations, and flashing repairs. We believe in taking the time to learn what our customers want and need before making a recommendation, and we will never try to pressure you to make an immediate decision. We are known for using quality materials, delivering exceptional results and going the extra mile to make sure that our customers are satisfied with our work. You can request a free quote by calling our office at 512-777-1086 or submitting the online form.