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Are you in the market for a new roof? If so, read on to learn about the different roof types and how to choose one.

The right roof provides function and style for your home. It enhances character while protecting your property from the elements.

A new roof can shelter you for 20 to 50 years or longer. Yet, weather conditions can significantly impact the life of your roof. So, which roof replacement option is going to be the best investment?

Read on for the different roof types and which one is best for your home. 

Signs You Need a Roof Replacement

Most homeowners who live in the same home longer than a decade will need to consider roof repairs. Or a full roof replacement at some point.

Your roofs longevity will depend on the type of material it gets made of. Yet an average asphalt roof won’t last much longer than 20 years.

The roof’s age is a good indicator of showing when it’s time to replace your roof. As well as any visual damage you may see. This gets caused by extreme weather conditions or an environment where mold thrives.

Leaks are another common reason you may need to call a professional roofer. If unfixed, leaks can cause major property damage to your entire home and belongings. Here are more signs that you need to replace your roof.

Installing a new roof is also a great way to increase the value of your home. It’s an investment that can boost your home’s value by $12,000.

The Highest-Rated Roof Types

Before selecting a roofing material, you’ll need to consider which type is best for your home.

This is where roof styles come in to play. The structure and slope of your home will determine how much of a roof weight it can accommodate.

Flat roofing styles make a great design statement. Yet, they should get installed by professionals with experience in waterproofing techniques. They can also be cheaper than a sloped roof, but often do not last as long.

You also need to consider the weather conditions in Kansas City. Your roof should be able to stand up to typical weather conditions in our areas, and should be durable enough to handle snowstorms, hailstorms, and extreme wind.

The cost of your new roof will depend on your home’s size, slope, and new roof style. Higher priced materials often have a longer life expectancy as they are more durable.

Here are the most common materials to choose for your new roof.

Composition Shingle

Shingle roofs remain the most popular choice for most homeowners in Kansas City. They are quick and simple to install on most home styles. This makes them a good value yet less expensive than other roofing types.

The shingles get made of asphalt and fiberglass, with a granulated surface. Their design comes in many color options that can complement a wide range of home styles.

Composition shingles are lightweight, with water-resistant capabilities. This makes them durable, yet not always able to stand up to high winds and other elements. This type of roof is easy to repair single shingles and will last an average of 20 years.

Cedar Shake

This type offers a timeless design, that adds great character to your home. Yet is a more expensive option. It also needs a bit more maintenance than other types.

Cedar shake creates a natural appearance to your roof, and is very popular in Kansas City and surrounding communities, including Overland Park, Leawood, and Prairie Village. We offer different shapes, sizes, and finishes to get the look your desire. They also come in different levels of thickness.

Since cedar shakes are made of wood, it’s important to consider adding a fire retardant treatment. To keep your roof in top condition, be sure to keep moss from growing on it.

Cedar shake roofs are an environmentally friendly choice. They can last an average of 30 years or more.

Stone-Coated Steel

Stone-coated steel offers a more expensive and durable option. With a longer lifespan of 50 to 60 years.

This roofing material is weather resistant. Protecting your home from heavy wind and rain. It can even stand up to heavy hail.

Steel roofs can create loud noise during a rain or hail storm. Yet sound barriers and extra insulation can get installed to reduce this. So be sure to select a contractor that specializes in these types of roof designs.

Stone-coated steel is also low maintenance and lighter than other roofing types. It can get made to look like slate, shingles, or clay tiles.

Steel roofs reflect light and heat from the sun. This helps maintain a cool temperature in your home during warm summer months.

Impact Resistant Shingles

The Roofing Man offers homeowners innovative shingles that stand up to the elements. Impact resistant shingles are less likely to break, crack, and tear under pressure. This makes them a great option for those who live in areas with high winds and hail damage, such as Kansas City.

These types of roofs also stand up well to freezing temperatures. They are a sound investment that can prolong the life of your roof for 30 years or more. Insurance companies may even give you a discount for installing an impact-resistant roof. We highly recommend impact resistant shingles as the best way to protect your home in our area.

Qualities to Look for in a Residential Roofing Company

Replacing a roof should always get done by a skilled professional. Be sure the company holds proper licenses and insurance in your area. They should also meet fire safety ratings.

They should also abide by building codes in your area. As well as be able to help you with permitting information. A roof replacement should also come with some type of warranty.

Discuss roof replacement options with your contractor. Most will recommend a roof removal, rather than adding a new layer of shingles. This is to check for damage caused by water or insects.

Ask for testimonials from past customers. You want to ensure the roofers work quick and efficient to replace your roof.  Finding a company with master elite certified contractors is an extra bonus.

Ready to Roll with a New Roof?

Replacing your roof is a big investment that can protect your home and increase its value. These roof types offer the best materials to shield your home from environmental hazards.

Have a roofing project you would like to discuss? Learn more about which type of roof is best for your home and receive a project quote.