If it can be cut into little rectangles, chances are someone will try to nail it to your home, call it a roof, and overcharge.
Too often homeowners are scammed into materials that don't match the fit or texture of their home, expensive projects that don't last the years promised. If you’re looking to replace your roofing in Los Angeles, here are the materials worth looking at.
Asphalt Shingle Roofing
Slap this on the roof and call it a day. There’s a reason shingle roofing is so popular. They’re cost effective. Notice, cost-effective. This isn’t some cheap alternative. Asphalt shingles have a valuable life-span of 25 years, which certainly lives out the upfront cost. There are over a dozen readily available colors to choose from, solid or blended, which hands over the control of a good first impression over to you.
Now some people might say 25 years is a little on the short end. True. But it’s also what you’re paying for, and if your home needs a solid roof that holds its own, it’s pretty good. However, before you move forward with any roofing replacement, make sure you research the brand of those shingles. Quality and installation can kill the life-span of a roof. No matter what quality though, asphalt shingles do not insulate well. But really, that’s not a deal breaker for a roofing replacement in Los Angeles.
Clay and Concrete Tile Roofing
Go flat slab with concrete tiles that skim downward on the roof. Or. Follow the smooth half-curve of clay tile roofing, classic terracotta - a rich color you have to dig to unearth. It doesn’t get much nicer than this long lasting material, strong up to 40 - 50 years. Both of these materials come straight from the earth, and at the end of their lifespan can go right back in. Clay and concrete roofing also manage to be energy efficient, ensuring that all that heat that waves overhead doesn’t force you to crank up your air conditioning.
This is not a DIY project. Roofing replacement with concrete or clay tiles requires a bit of finesse only a licensed someone should handle, partly because - this stuff is heavy. Your roof might need to have the right reinforcement to enable these tiles. Again. Not DIY. It’s almost left unsaid, but be very careful when traversing this roof. Roofing repair in Los Angeles isn’t cheap, especially when it comes to tile.
Uniform texture immediately sets this apart from other roofing. We can call it sleek. We can call it modern. I’ll just call it good looking. It lasts longer than lifespan of asphalt and wood put together. Durable build, even light weight. Nearly any LA roofing replacement is a straight upgrade if it goes metal.
At the end of the day it depends on whether or not you enjoy the texture of the roof. There are no true downsides to metal roofing aside from the cost. You're not going to be having to repair this roofing anytime soon.
Wood Shingles / Shake
We can get the difference out of the way. Wood shingles might as well be called slats, created from sawing off the end of a board. Shake is given a dual sided texture for aesthetic appeal, a little breathing room down each plate. Go either way and find that the color variety is as vast as the trees that grow. Cedar. Redwood. Southern pine. It’s all natural.
Considering the location, Los Angeles roofing replacements can be comfortably done with wood as water damage isn’t a problem in this climate. No concern about splitting, or mold. That being said, check your fire codes. They vary, and might not allow wooden roofing. Expect to keep regular maintenance or roofing repairs might be on schedule. Overall, wooden shingles last 25 - 30 years.
Throw a rock in any direction and you’ll likely hit a roofer in Los Angeles. What’s a lot harder is finding an honest one. Remember when I laid out all of the lifespans of each material? A bad roofer will halve that.
Instead of gambling with a handyman with a toolbelt, contact Novel Remodeling, a licensed roofing replacement company in Los Angeles.