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What Roof Should I Choose?

Getting a new roof gives you an opportunity to perhaps significantly improve the look of your home.

The new roofing options are many:

  • Do you stay with the same material same color?
  • Same material, new color scheme?
  • New Material completely?
  • Metal roofing?
  • Composite material – looks like slate but it is a plastic/wood blend?
  • DECRA stone coated steel shingles?
  • Euroshield Hail Proof Roofing that looks like slate but is made from recycled tires?

There is a lot to consider. And all of these options have different price points, different benefits and considerations. The New Roof Plus website has a bunch of different pages on different roof types.  We will summarize a couple here but an in-depth dive can be found there.

The cheapest answer starts with the question, “How much did I get from insurance?” All you have to pay to get the cheapest solution is your deductible and insurance covers the rest. You can change colors with this option at no extra cost – and you have a new roof! This is fine for most people. A new roof  is a new roof and this always looks better than the old roof.

Asphalt shingles make up a vast majority of the shingle market because it’s cheap. But here in Denver, replacing your roof every three years is a pain in the you know what!  For this reason and also for aesthetic reasons, some folks want to look at upgraded options.

Upgrade Options

First up on the upgrade option list is to pay a little more and get an upgraded “Hail Resistant” Class 4 Asphalt Shingle. These shingles have a slightly thicker look to them, because they are. It gives the roof a little more

Duration Storm shingle
Duration Storm

dimensional look to it. See this picture from the Owens Corning website of their “Duration Storm” “Hail Resistant” shingle system. Hail Resistant shingles are designed to withstand more impacts and wind than standard shingles. They can come in different color combinations also. They are not “Hail Proof” however. A few big hail stones will ruin these in about the same amont of time as regular shingles.

 

The next level up are materials other than asphalt shingles. This usually begins with composite materials or other combination material shingles. This would include polmer mixes (plastic) and manufacturers include   DaVinci, EcoStar and Certainteed.  These can look like the material they are designed to copy – slate or wood shake usually. Price points are all over the board on these.

Metal roofing options can dramatically change the look of your home. This option requires careful consideration and planning. There are a couple choices here too. DECRA manufacturers the aforementioned Stone Coated Steel. Hail tough (but still not hailPROOF). This is a sophisticated look and gives the high definition many people like. It can copy tile or slate or shake.

Then the standard metal standing seam look is timeless and durable also.

Finally there is the new “rubber roof”. It sounds bad when posed this way but it looks awesome and it can with stand a 4″ hail stone – that’s a “sky bomb” by the way but they back it with a huge 50 year warranty. The cost is more than asphalt, like the others, but it could be the last roof you ever buy.

Check out the New Roof Pus website for more details on all these – or better yet, give us a call we can help you get your planning underway!

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