Rubber (EPDM) Roofing: Is It for You?
Apr 12, 2017
The least expensive form of shingle is asphalt which comes in two different physical qualities to meet your needs. They’re ideal for roofs with a higher pitch to avoid being blown off by strong winds since higher slopes mean a more vertical placement for individual shingles. Asphalt is the popular shingle of choice for homeowners and professional installers alike because they can be custom made in many styles of any color and require some to no structural planning to install.
Organic and fiberglass – these are the two types of asphalt shingles that can be perfect for your home, depending on your region’s climate. If you live in a state in the Southwest, North, or in any area that sees a lot of rain annually, both variations of asphalt will keep the top of your home waterproof. Both forms of asphalt are treated with resin to give their already grainy look a glistening finish and a protective waterproof surface. The main difference between the two is that fiberglass shingles can withstand Class A fires, albeit it is more expensive. But if you live in an area where fires are commonplace, it’s a no-brainer that fiberglass shingles are the way to go.
Asphalt shingles are the second most affordable roofing material after flat roof membranes and the first among pitched roofing shingles, shakes, and tiles. The five most popular pitched roofing materials vary in their pricing when it comes to costs of labor and the quantity of shingle. Asphalt shingles cost $120 - $400 per “square” – industry equivalent to 100 square feet – and $1,700 - $8,400 to install.
If your project is going to involve removing an already existing roof first, add $3 - $5 per square foot or $40 - $80 if they’re charging you by the hour.
In order to get the best out of this product, or any other roofing material for that matter, it’s best to familiarize yourself with what you can and can’t expect of it.
If you want to have a smoother asphalt roof installation, always make sure your contractor is licensed and insured to protect your rights as a homeowner. Should anything go wrong with no violation on your part, their insurance policy will absolve you from avoidable liabilities.