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Schenectady Roofing: Article About How To Compare Roofing Costs

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An important part of choosing the right roof includes knowing the long-term cost of the roofing system one chooses. It can be confusing, especially because there are numerous factors that come into play. The cost of a roof in the long term is much more than what a homeowner will pay out of pocket upfront for the materials and installation.

For example, when calculating installation costs, Schenectady roofing contractors typically consider things, such as the height of the home, whether the home already has multiple layers of shingles on the roof, if there are structural issues that need to be resolved and even, if large trees or power lines are going to make the new roof installation more challenging. Homeowners should always get a very clear estimate regarding installation costs and materials, in order to ensure there are no surprises once the project is underway.

Some roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles, will seem relatively cheap when compared with other, nontraditional roofing options, like a clay or a metal roof. However, while asphalt shingles might be the cheaper roofing material, they also offer the shortest service life. In other words, an asphalt shingle roof will need to be replaced long before a metal or clay tile roof.

When calculating the actual cost of a new roof, it is important to take into consideration the initial investment as well as the long-term costs.

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After all, if a roof is only going to last half as long as another, slighter more expensive, roofing option, that higher cost roof might actually be the most cost effective choice.

Other things that should factor into the overall cost of a roof include the amount of repairs that will be needed. Some roofing systems require much more maintenance than others. For example, a metal roof is almost maintenance free, while a cedar shingle roof needs to be protected from mold, mildew and insects. Some types of roofs, such as asphalt shingles, are prone to unsightly dark streaks.

Of course, energy efficiency is also an important consideration. If a homeowner chooses a sleek metal roof, they'll likely also reduce heating and cooling bills. However, re-roofing with asphalt shingles typically increases utility costs because the roof tends to trap heat.

Other issues, such as the area's climate, should also be factored into the final cost of a roof. Some roofing materials will easily shed rain and snow, while others might be susceptible to ice dams and roof leaks. A reputable roofing contractor can help homeowners look at all aspects of various roofing materials to help them choose the roof that is best suited for their home.

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