For Austin residential roofing, asphalt shingles would be an excellent choice for your next roof. Asphalt shingles have been around for a long time and have remained the most popular residential roofing material for many reasons.
Is an Asphalt Shingle Roof Expensive?
Many variables will determine the overall cost of an asphalt shingle roof, but when compared to other types of roof coverings, asphalt shingles are very cost-effective. The size of your roof will have the most significant impact on its total cost. However, the type of asphalt shingle you choose can also affect the cost.
The most commonly used type of asphalt shingle is referred to as three-tab. It takes about three bundles of these shingles to make a square; a square will cover approximately 100 square feet of your roof. An upgrade to a three-tab would be what is called an architectural shingle. The most expensive type of asphalt shingle is the premium style.
The complexity of your roof will also affect the amount a contractor will charge. The pitch of your roof is a significant factor; the steeper the roof, the more expensive it will be to install a new or replacement roof. Hips, valleys, and penetrations are factors to be considered, and there may be an expense related to the repair or replacement of flashing. The overall condition of your existing roof system’s underlying components may also increase the cost if additional repairs are needed.
Shop around for your roof company. Knowledge and experience are a must. Reputable and professional roofing contractors will have verifiable references, be fully insured, and have the proper equipment and safety gear. Get several bids, but do not simply choose the cheapest offer; ridiculously low bids seldom provide satisfactory, lasting results. Get everything in writing, including warranty information. Ask about all the types of roofing services your contractor offers. It is imperative to properly maintain your new asphalt shingles to ensure their longevity while providing your home with the protection you expect.
What Shingle Choices Do I Have?
Asphalt shingles come in many different colors. You may want to change the color of your existing shingle to suit your taste better. Lighter colors reflect more heat, and darker colors absorb more heat. However, if you are worried that a dark roof will increase your cooling bills, ask your contractor about the various options available to compensate for the relatively minor difference between dark and light shingles.
There are many different asphalt shingle patterns available, including designs that resemble wood shingles or clay tiles. Changing the shingle pattern can give your home an entirely different look.
Shingles are available that have biocides on their surface to help prevent the growth of algae. Some shingles are manufactured to resist specific weather conditions, including high winds and large hail.
Alpha Roofing Is the Roof Contractor Austin Homeowners Trust
When homeowners in the Austin area need roofing services, they can count on Alpha Roofing for exceptional results at reasonable prices. We offer a wide range of services, including asphalt shingle installation, emergency roof repair, chimney repair, metal roofing systems, flashing repair, preventive maintenance plans, moss removal, and metal fabrication. You can fill out the online form to request a free quote, or you can call our office at 512-777-1086 to discuss your roof-related issues in greater detail.