Types of roofs to renovate your house


The roof of a house is renewed every 20 years. If it’s your turn, consider these clues about different roof materials and types.


The roof of a house has a useful life. The climate, snow accumulation, fall of branches, adventures of some animal and the natural wear, are deteriorating it. That’s why it’s recommended to renew it every 20 years. Know your options!

Tell me where you live…


“The choice of roof type will depend on the region where you live, the climate and the value of your property. For example, if you install a cedar roof and your home is worth $200,000, you will never get back what you invested,” explained Miguel Berger, president of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Tech Valley. That’s why he advises to get advice from a realtor about the return on the investment.


Types of Roofs


“The most popular options are: asphalt, metal, wood, slate and tile. And local installation costs vary widely by geographic region,” said Peter Kruppenbacher, assistant professor of construction technology at the Pennsylvania School of Technology.


Asphalt. It is the most common option, which now offers an architectural tile with a durability of 30-40 years. It should be calculated between $200 and $400 per square meter (10.76 square feet).


James R. Kirby, director of technical services for the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA), said asphalt shingles are popular for their beauty, accessibility and reliability. They offer a wide range of designs and are highly resistant to wind, shock and fire. There are also solar reflective tiles to reduce energy consumption.


Metal Famous for its longevity. With standard panel installations, often seen in barns and old houses, it can cost between $300 and $1,000 per m2.


Wood. It is an attractive option, which results in an increased risk of fire. Tip: check if it is allowed for a rooftop.


Slate. Composite plastic replicas are available at a more reasonable cost. It is lightweight and easy to install, and requires little maintenance.


Roof tile. Traditional clay tiles are not suitable for all climates, because internal humidity can lead to cracks or tears. If the environment allows it, you should know that this roof has a life expectancy that justifies the investment.


Is this the house of your dreams? make sure that its roof is too!


If you are interested in buying a home, first ask the owner for proof of the age of the roof. Still, all experts agree to work with a certified inspector for a comprehensive report of their integrity.


In the meantime, Kirby advises checking:


  1. a) If the intersections of roof lines and valleys show wear and tear


  1. b) If there is moss and mold


(c) If the tiles are discoloured


  1. d) If there are old stains, water damage to interior walls and ceilings


(e) If branches or elements scraping the roof caused significant damage