If you are looking to install a new roof, you will face a lot of questions. Unfortunately, you can’t just choose a color and call it a day as a roof installer finishes the job. You need to choose the type and material the roofing expert will use as well – cue the headache.
Choosing construction materials is about as boring as watching paint dry; so that’s why I’m giving you the pros and cons of a popular type of roofing material: interlocking shingles.
Because they overlay, interlocking shingles withstand high winds much better than other roofing materials. It’s harder for the wind to get in between or under the shingles and rip them off the roof, which means you will face less damage and less repairs in you live in high-wind areas.
Just as the interlocking design adds extra protection against winds, it also protects other extreme weather. This makes it a great option for homeowners in areas that experience hail and other extreme weather, such as heavy rain and snow. The shingles overlap when installed, so there aren’t any cracks or gaps in between the shingles that moisture or water could easily penetrate and damage your roof’s infrastructure.
Depending on the material and the manufacturer, you can install new interlocking shingles over old roofing material. This reduces the time and expense usually needed to tear off the old material, and makes installation quick and easy.
If you choose metal interlocking shingles, expect to get a great life out of them. They are resistant to fire, rot, mildew and insects and usually, come with a 20- to 50-year warranty. You can count on your metal roof to last as long as – if not longer than – your house.
If you have interlocking roofing material that is still manufactured, it is easy to repair. The roofer can simply remove the damaged shingles and patch the area with new shingles to fix the damage. This is much cheaper than having to replace the entire roof, and it can be done as long as the roof as a whole is in good condition.
Many different manufacturers are producing interlocking shingles. You can get them in different materials, such as asphalt or metal, depending on the company. This gives you the option to customize your roof based on your preference, budget and location.
Metal is a popular choice because of its lifespan and durability, while asphalt is chosen due to its cost and durability.
If you have a home with T-lock shingles, you need to be aware that this specific type of shingle was discontinued in 2014. This makes it impossible to patch an existing roof because the material isn’t available any longer.
Since the T-lock shingles were discontinued in 2014, unique challenges have arisen with buying and selling homes. First, some insurance agencies have refused to underwrite a home with t-lock shingles, even if the roof is in great condition.
Without underwriting, a buyer can’t get financing, which means the home won’t sell. Sellers are having to bear the expense of replacing the entire roof if they have T-lock shingles so buyers can purchase the home.
If you choose metal as the material for your interlocking shingles, prepare for the expense. Metal roofing costs anywhere from $150 to $600 per square foot. Since the roof lasts a lifetime, you can expect to not have to replace it, and thus will save money in repair costs.
If you like to have a quiet house, you probably won’t enjoy a metal roof. Anytime it rains you will hear the rain tapping on the roof. If there is a heavier storm or hail, the noise is much louder. Check with the manufacturer about how they combat noise, but usually, you can have insulation and sheathing installed under the roofing to deaden it.
The metal on your roof is much like the metal on your car – it can dent if you apply enough force. Metal roofing is often made of copper or aluminum, which is softer than steel and tends to experience more dents. A hail storm may be all that’s you need to put small craters on your roof.
To avoid this issue, purchase the most durable material that you can afford; or look for a manufacturer that guarantees the metal won’t dent. That way you won’t have to worry about how it will stand up to hail and other objects falling from the sky.
Now that you know more than you ever wanted to know about interlocking roofing material, you can make an informed decision about roofing materials. And, hey, that’s something everyone can celebrate!
Looking for more information about roofing? Check out this post about how a new roof can improve your home’s curb appeal (among other tactics) or this post about how new roofing (also among other tactics) can help you cut down on energy costs!