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Asphalt Shingles for Maryland Homes; Why and Average Costs

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When installing a new roof on your home, there are several materials to  consider.  Metal, wood and asphalt are all available, but the region you  live in will affect the building material you choose.  The best choice  in Maryland is asphalt shingles because they can handle the temperature  range, including hot weather, snow and ice.

Popularity of Asphalt Shingles in Maryland
Homeowners in Maryland commonly chose asphalt shingles for a variety of  reasons.  The state does not typically see extremely hot temperatures,  but it does experience higher temperatures in summer and freezing  conditions when winter arrives.  Asphalt shingles in this region last up  to 30 years, and that lifespan is appealing to local homeowners.

Asphalt shingles are also one of the most affordable options.  They  carry a lower cost than copper or other metal roofs, and that makes them  a top choice for homeowners who are on a budget.  They also require  very little maintenance.  Unlike wood roofs that require regular care to  keep them in top condition, asphalt shingles do not need regular  maintenance.  This helps consumers save money both on the installation  and in the long run.

Available in a multitude of colors, asphalt shingles can be customized  to suit your home.  You can choose different colors, and you can also  look for various styles that will match your home better.  In addition  to choosing shades that match your shutters or siding, you can also opt  for asphalt shingles that mimic the look of wood.

The Cost of Repairs
Another benefit of asphalt roofs is that they can be repaired if they  are damaged in a storm or with age.  Dimensional shingles interlock and  are not likely to blow off in a storm, but they are also relatively easy  to replace is that should occur.

Shingled roofs are more likely to fail in the valleys and around roof  protrusions.  Head walls, skylights, chimneys and vents are protected  with flashing, mortar and caulk.  Over time, the mortar can give way,  allowing the flashing to bend away from the structure and grant water  access.  Caulk eventually shrinks, cracks and fails as a waterproofer.

When you have a water leak in your home, the most time-consuming process  is often finding the source of the leak.  Checking caulk, flashing and  other materials takes time, but it's the only way to determine the  source of the leak.  Once the problem is identified, roofing  professionals can replace caulk, fill in fresh mortar, reform flashing  and replace damaged or missing shingles.  The average cost of a roof  repair is $700 to $800.  Simple repairs that are performed quickly may  cost less than $200, but more complicated ones can run well over $1,000  to take care of.

Cost of Replacing Asphalt Roofs

When more than 30 percent of a roof is in disrepair with missing  shingles or other problems, you will probably need to replace the entire  roof.  This is a costly endeavor, but ignoring the problem will lead to  water leaks, structural damage and even higher repair bills.  There are  several factors to consider when having a roof replaced.  This makes it  impossible for a roofing company to provide you with an estimate over  the phone.  They will insist on viewing the property first, and you  should only work with companies that will take the time to do a thorough  inspection and provide you with a written estimate.

Size of Roof  Shingles come in something called bundles or squares.   Each square covers up to 100 square feet on the roof.  The first thing a  contractor will do is measure the various roof planes to determine how  many squares are required.

Pitch  A roof that is very steep requires extra safety equipment and  care.  You can expect to pay a premium on these types of roofs.  They  also have more squares to cover, and that drives the price up.

Design  Valleys are the inside corner where two roof planes meet.  If  you have areas where two roof planes meet to form an outside corner,  then you have a hip area.  These areas all require special  considerations to protect the corners from the elements.  Skylights,  vents, chimneys, head walls and other protrusions will also have an  impact on the final price.

Removal  Removing the old shingles drives the cost of roofing up  slightly, but not as much as you might think.  You could try to save a  little money by removing the shingles yourself, but you will still have  to pay a fee for dumpsters and disposals.  After pricing out both  options, you may decide to that it's well worth the price to have the  professionals remove the old shingles.

Quality  You pay for what you get, and higher quality shingles do carry  a premium.  However, they are also more durable, less likely to sustain  damage in a storm and more attractive.  When you consider that cheaper  shingles will have to be replaced sooner, the more expensive ones may  become more attractive.

Attic Inspection  Roofers won't just look on the roof, they will also  look inside your home at the attic.  This allows them to see if there  might be water damage to the roof decking, problems with mold or  ventilation issues inside the structure.  They will correct all of these  problems when replacing your roof, and that is taken into account with  the price.

A simple roof with two opposite planes that covers a small to modest  home will easily run $8,000 or more for professional installation.  As  the roof becomes more complex and larger, the price will rise.  However,  it's a necessary investment to protect your home and ensure that it  remains dry in a storm.

You can save a substantial sum by installing the roof yourself, but it  is best to turn the job over to professionals.  Incorrectly installing a  roof can void the warranty, and it won't last as long if certain steps  are not taken during installation.  When calling for roofing estimates,  talk to several companies.  They will do an inspection of the home, and  they should be willing to provide you with written estimates.  You can  then use the information to choose the right company for your needs.

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