Your roof requires maintenance and repair over its lifetime. When choosing the material and roofing contractor for installation, you should consider more than just the bottom-line price. If you missed part one of this two-part blog that covered common materials in Tampa, click here. This week we’re going to look at the lifetime costs associated with the different roofing materials and why choosing the cheapest bid may not be the best option.
A 3-tab shingle may be the cheapest to purchase up front, however, it also may only last 10-12 years in Tampa Bay. The sun and wind will quickly age it, leading to replacing it sooner rather than later. Architectural shingles will list 15-18 years and the difference in cost between the two generally reflects the difference in how long they’ll each last. Because shingles have a shorter life expectancy, you’ll end up needing repair sooner too.
You can find tile that’s been protecting buildings for hundreds of years. Today’s commercially available tile generally has a life expectancy of about 50 years. Concrete roof tiles are stronger and have fewer cracks and breaks than clay tile. Some clay tile can have a roof coating to seal small cracks and refresh or change the color. Any type of roofing requires maintenance, but repairs will be less than with asphalt shingles in general.
Will last for decades. Some is warranted to last 50 years. However, you will notice that the color will fade over time. Some metal roofs can be painted for a new or refreshed look. As for maintenance, you’ll need very little. Most repairs to metal roofing aren’t to the roofing itself, but rather to the flashing or other parts of the roofing system.
So Which Bid Should You Accept
Chances are good that you will only request pricing on one or two roofing materials. You should, however, ask for a quote from at least three roofing companies. You’ll want detailed bids so you can compare like quotes to like quotes. Make sure they not only include the scope of work but the materials including brand, style (or product line) and color they’ll be installing. Only then can you compare quotes. Keep in mind if one quote is significantly less, the roofing contractor is either using inferior materials or not including something (often it’s the cost to tear off the existing roof and dispose of it). Don’t hesitate to ask questions for clarification and then get those answers in writing or as an addendum on your quote.
Suncoast Roofing Solutions provides comprehensive estimates. We also never cut corners when it comes to materials. If you’d like to know the cost for the right roofing material for your home by the leading Tampa Bay roofing contractor, call us today at (813) 283-2544.