Upgrading your residential roof is a major investment that adds huge curb appeal and value to your home. A new roof not only looks great, but it protects your home’s structure and the people living under it. A properly-installed roof keeps energy bills low and unwanted critters out, plus it protects your family from the elements all year long. When it comes time to replace your roof, the top two questions on most homeowners’ minds are 1) How much will my new roof cost, and 2) What type of roof should I get?
In Connecticut, the most common types of residential roofing are asphalt shingles, real wood shingles & shakes, metal roofing, and slate roofing. At Harmony Home Improvement, we provide expert consultation and installation on all four of these quality roofing types.
Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing type in the United States (over 80% of America’s homes have them!) They are economical to produce, affordable, durable, and nice looking. At HHI, we are a GAF Master Elite roofing company, placing us in the top 2% of roofers in the USA who install asphalt shingles. GAF’s product line is comprised of superior asphalt shingle options, with dozens of options for shingle style, color, and durability level.
Real Wood Roofing
Real wood shingles can be found on rooftops across Connecticut, and are frequently made of cedar and other evergreen tree varieties. This is one of the most beautiful roofing materials available, and it offers a classic New England look. This roofing type requires more maintenance than other materials, which many people think is worth it for the unique and authentic feel it brings to your home.
Metal roofing is a very trendy yet classic choice for your home. It looks great and is particularly appealing to eco-conscious homeowners due to its recycled content. While pricey (especially due to COVID-19-related materials shortages), metal roofing can definitely be worth it because it truly delivers on style, durability, and longevity.
If you want a roof that will last (and we mean last… sometimes for hundreds of years), slate should be on your consideration list. Slate is popular in Connecticut, particularly when used in luxury homes. It is a beautiful, durable, and extremely high-quality material choice for your roof. If you own a multi-million dollar home, selecting slate as your roofing material often makes sense to enhance and protect your investment.
When selecting a roofing material, you should consider:
- Cost – what is your budget? Is the cost the most important factor?
- Look – make sure to choose an appropriate material that matches the style of your home
- HOA – your HOA might have restrictions on material type (for example, you might have to select an asphalt shingle or a particular color shingle).
- Longevity – consider your weather/climate when choosing your roofing material. In a state like Connecticut, where we experience a significant amount of precipitation and weather fluctuations, any of the four roofing types we’ve discussed in this blog would be suitable for your home.
Contact Harmony Home Improvement today for your free roofing consultation and estimate. Our expert staff will help you choose the best roofing material for your budget and style. We also perform siding, windows, doors, and deck installations.