04 May 2017
Columbia SC Roofing Companies

As a homeowner in the Columbia, South Carolina area there will probably come a time when you have to face the painfully frustrating task of having to replace the roof on your home.  Perhaps you are building a new home and trying to find the perfect roof for it that will last a lifetime and you want to do the proper research. There’s a reason why the roofing industry has been growing steadily for the last 5 years and doesn’t show signs of stopping. According to the Freedonia Group, a market research company, the roofing industry is expected to be a $10 billion industry by 2020.


If you start looking and searching on the internet or contacting one of the many Columbia, SC Roofing Companies, then you have probably realized that this task can be a little overwhelming. Not only is this an expensive task, but there are a variety of different products to choose from.


Roofers can specialize in a specific type of material or offer many. They may also offer other services such as siding replacement or landscaping. If you need other services, then you can look for a full-service contractor. However, a contractor that does more will be in high demand and usually charge more.


With choices like wood or slate shingles, ceramic tile, metal and more, choosing the best material is important for looks, for your budget, and especially for the lasting warranty that you get.


Questions to Ask Before You Begin

Before you begin looking at types of roofing materials, you should ask yourself a few questions. These questions will get you started:

  • How long do you expect your roof to last? Ten years? Twenty years? Fifty years?
  • Are there any natural disasters that are common in your area? For Columbia, SC, heat is very common, especially during the dog days of summer. This is important to think about.
  • How much money are you willing or able to spend on materials, labor, and other fees involved in the installation process of your new roof? If you can present the Columbia, SC roofing company with a range of prices, they can generally narrow down the available products.
  • How old is your house? How strong is the roof framing? The age of the house and the strength of the roof framing is very important to consider, especially if you are planning for change to a different type of roofing material that may or may not be heavier than the original.
  • Do you want any extras added beneath the top layer? For example, ice and water shield to protect from damage or a fire sheet in case there is a fire.

Once you have answered these questions, you will be more prepared when you actually contact a Columbia, SC roofing company and they can provide you with a list of materials that you can choose from. But you will still have to make a choice.

Here are three options you will likely be presented with and the pros and cons of each, to get you started:


Types of Materials Used by Columbia SC Roofing Companies

There are many different types of roofing materials available depending on your budget and whether recyclability, the environmental factor, warranties, and other issues are important to you. These are just several roofing materials that may be options for you.


Asphalt Shingles

These are probably one of the most common types of shingles and roofing material used in the Southeastern United States. These shingles are available in a variety of colors and they are both fire resistant and relatively inexpensive. They aren’t exactly eco-friendly but they can be recycled if you choose to.


The biggest problem with these shingles is that they aren’t as durable as other types of shingles so it is important to remember to ask how long the warranty is on the product and on the roof itself. The lifespan for asphalt shingles can range between 15 and 30 years depending on the installation and the care provided to the shingles after they are installed.


Metal Roofing

Listening to the sound of rain on a metal roof can bring back nostalgic memories of cabins, family farms and maybe even childhood. Not only are metal roofs nice for listening to the rain, they are also beautiful and more durable than the more traditional asphalt shingles.


But that beauty and durability comes at a steeper price. The benefits of metal roofs include fire and wind resistance, and they are more durable, eco-friendly and lightweight. But depending on what type of metal you use, steel and copper are the most common, the price can fluctuate greatly.


Metal roofing tends to be the longest lasting type of roofing, usually lasting a good 30 to 50 years if installed properly and taken care of. One final thing to remember about metal roofing is that most companies will provide a lifetime warranty on the metal but it is important to ask about the warranty on the entire roof.


Due to the installation method or using screws with rubber washers to hold the metal roofing in place, with time, the rubber washers can become worn and water leakage can be an issue. Be aware that there are often two different warranties, one for the metal material and one of the entire roof.


Wood Shingles

Wood shingles are great for the nice natural look. They are beautiful when installed and continue to have a nice beautiful woodsy look to them as they age. They start with a wood color and age to a nice gray color. This product is 100% eco-friendly as it is made from wood, usually cedar but other options are available. There are many benefits to cedar shaker shingles.


Due to the flammability of wood, they aren’t fire resistant but they hold up quite well against wind. Wood shingles tend to be cheaper than metal roofing but more expensive than asphalt shingles. They also require more maintenance than other roofing materials and have a usual lifespan of 15 to 25 years.

There are still plenty of other types of roofing materials to choose from, especially if you have a different type of roof – like a flat roof– but this is a good place to start. Whether you are looking for budget friendly asphalt shingles or you want to protect the environment with eco-friendly wood shingles, there is a product that is perfect for your roofing needs.


Reading this article was a great step in the direction of your new roof. When you are ready to start the process of replacing that old roof or installing a roof on your newly built home, contact us, your go-to Columbia South Carolina roofing company for a free quote.