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What are the Cheapest Roof Types in 2022?

Posted on January 14, 2022 by baker-admin

What are the cheapest types of roofs in 2022? Like you may have thought, asphalt shingles are some of the most inexpensive roofing materials available, but some other options are still affordable.

Recent Price Increases

Like many other things in America, Roofing materials have been increasing in price in recent years, and 2022 will be no different than the last couple of years. Many manufacturers and supply houses have already reported price increases of anywhere from 5-15%.

Why are the prices increasing? Two simple reasons are the rise in raw material prices and the cost of transportation. However, the burden on the supply chain has also contributed to these price increases by making it harder to get certain raw materials.


Asphalt Shingles30 year laminated shingles

Asphalt shingles have long been the go-to roofing material for about the last 100 years, and rightfully so. Asphalt shingles are great at waterproofing a roof when properly installed and are relatively cheap roofs compared to most other roofing materials. A basic laminated shingle offers good looks and reliable weather protection for 15-30 years, depending on climate and other physical factors.

Asphalt shingles begin to show their weakness in climates that have frequent high winds and hail storms. As the shingles age, they become less pliable, and wind can lift the shingle, causing it to crease or be blown entirely off the roof.


green r panel metal roof R-Panel Metal Roofing

R-panel metal roofing has been a standard roofing material for many years. Metal has been used in the US since the 1700s for roofing, but the most common material used was copper, and it was expensive. In the 1820s, galvanized metal was first produced to create a cheaper roofing alternative to copper that was also rust-proof.

Galvanized metal was first used for roofing in the southern USA in 1857. Since then, it has been installed on hundreds of thousands of homes, barns, industrial buildings, and awnings.

Today galvanized r-panel roofing material is one of the most affordable metal roofing materials. While it still is more expensive than asphalt shingles, its durability and longevity more than make up for the cost difference.

R-panel is not without its faults, though. R-panel installation labor is more expensive than the labor to install asphalt shingles because it requires more skill, and there is more room for potential water leaks if installed improperly. R-panel metal roofing is an exposed fastener system. This means that the screws used are to fasten the panel down are not covered. They have a neoprene washer that seals the penetration and provides waterproofing. If these screws are driven too shallow, too deep, or sideways then leaks could and often do occur.


Roof Coatings

Roof Coatings are an easy and affordable way to extend the life of your roof. While roof coatings are most often used in the commercial roofing industry, they can also be applied to residential roofs.

Roof coatings can add an additional 20 years to the life of your existing roofs. They work the best on metal roofs and flat roof materials.

Even shingles roofs can be coated with specialized roof coatings designed for asphalt shingles. However, coatings for shingle roofs extend the roof’s lifespan by only about five years.

Replacing or Repairing Your Roof

When your roof needs to be replaced or repaired, the professionals at Baker Roofing & Construction can help you choose the best roofing options for your home. We can help you with affordable solutions whether your roof needs to be replaced or just repaired.

We will also let you know if you have any storm damage on your roof and if you should file an insurance claim. We can even help you determine the storm date when the damage occurred. Call us today for all your roof replacement or roof repair needs.

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