From Asphalt Shingles to Zinc Strips

Factors That Impact The Life Cycle Cost Of Your New Residential Roof Construction

Although the initial cost of your new residential roof construction is a critical consideration, it's not the only thing that influences the overall cost of the roof. A more accurate and realistic way to gauge the feasibility of the project is to look at its life cycle cost, which sums up all the costs associated with constructing, using, maintaining, repairing, and disposing of the roof when it reaches the end of its lifespan.

Performing a life cycle cost analysis will allow you to compare your roofing options from a lifetime perspective to help minimize the overall project costs. Consider these factors when evaluating the cost of your new residential roof.

Maintenance Requirements

All roofs require some TLC to remain in tip-top shape and prevent major damage that could result in expensive repairs or premature roof replacements. Some common roof care services that your roof will require throughout its lifespan include regular inspections and cleanings, prompt repairs, and periodic roof coatings.

The frequency of these roof maintenance services can vary depending on the roofing material you choose for your home. If you're keen on minimizing the overall cost of your roof, use a low-maintenance roofing material.

Roof Repairs

No matter how well you maintain your roof, it will need to be repaired at some point. When evaluating the cost of your roof, consider how much it might cost you to address common problems with the roof. Common roof repairs include repairing leaks, fixing damaged shingles, and replacing deteriorated flashing.

Roof repair costs can differ greatly depending on the roofing material you use in your roof construction, as some materials are more expensive to buy and install than others.

Roof Longevity

The expected lifespan of your roof will vary based on the type of material used. Although asphalt shingle roofs are a popular choice for homes due to their affordability and ease of installation, they don't last as long as some roofing materials, like metal or slate. As a result, they have a higher life cycle cost. Aim for roofing materials with longer expected life spans to keep the overall lifecycle cost as low as possible.

Making the above considerations when evaluating the cost of your home's roof installation can help you make a confident, well-informed decision from a long-term perspective. That said, you don't have to make such a big decision alone. 

Professionals can provide the advice and guidance you need to choose a roofing material that will provide the best value over the long term. For more information on roofing services, contact a company near you.