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What options do I have for roofing material?

There are many materials available, each with its own set of tradeoffs between cost, durability, and appearance. An easy way to get a quick idea of the best material for your situation is to take a look around your neighborhood at the types and styles of roof. A more in depth option is to visit a local roofing supplier’s yard. Most suppliers have showrooms and samples that you can look at and take him.

Can I install my own roof?

Of course. Plenty of people do it — along with fixing their own cars, plumbing their bathrooms, all while pouring a new concrete driveway. For the rest of us, statistics from the Bureau of Labor show that roofing is the fourth deadliest job in America. It’s six times as dangerous as firefighting and police work, and twice as dangerous as electrical line work. Hire a professional and rest easy knowing that your roof is in experienced hands.

How long does a new roof last?

Wood roofs generally last for twenty-five years, composite roofs for thirty years, and flat roofs for ten years. Twenty years is considered an acceptable service life by many professional roofers. Your roof’s lifespan also depends on the skill of the roofers who installed it and how often it’s cleaned.

How much does it cost to install a new roof?

The cost of a new roof varies based on the materials used, but also the skill of the contractor who installs them. Start with an inspection from a trustworthy company, then work with them to choose a material that suits your needs. Remember, cheaper isn’t always better — high end roofs can last three times as long as shoddy ones.