15 Jun 2016

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Hip, Cool, Metal? Choosing a New Roof or Auditioning a Band?

Roofs come in all shapes and sizes. There are hip roofs, flat roofs, gabled roofs and more. Roofs also come in a variety of materials from wood to metal and in more color options than ever before. Cool and green roofs are increasingly popular. Replacing your old roof is your opportunity to upgrade and update your home to improve its value and curb appeal. When replacing your roof, you may want to add new safety or cosmetic features. Sometimes you may need to replace or repair structural elements. When the old roof is removed and out of the way, you have the perfect opportunity to make improvements to your home’s ventilation, insulation and wind mitigation. As you begin the process of choosing a new roof, you’ll probably have a few questions.

When you call Callaghan Roofing to discuss replacing your roof, we’ll help you find the answers you need. We’ll make arrangements to come to your home and inspect your existing roof. Then together with you, we’ll discuss your options and how to ensure that your new roof meets all of your needs. In the meantime, here are e few tips about roofs to get you started.


What’s a hip roof and do I have one?

A roof can be as simple as a flat top or it may combine several different shapes. Valley, dormers and additions all add to the complexity of your roof’s shape. Some of the most common roofs you’ll see are gabled, with or without dormers, and hip roofs.

Gable roof

Gable Roof with Dormer

Hip Roof

Multi-level Hip Roof








A gabled roof has two flat planes or roof surfaces that come together at a gable or angle at the top. This type of roof design leaves either end of the roof faced with a triangle-shaped portion of the house’s exterior wall. A hip roof caps the roof end with an additional flat plain. These roofs may still have a top ridge, but they will also have side “seams” where the separate panels of the roof come together. Because it has more flat surfaces to absorb and redistribute energy, a hip roof offers more defense against hurricane winds. However, gabled roofs are still common and popular. Whichever type of roof you have, our expert team can conduct a full wind mitigation inspection of your home and suggest any structural changes necessary ensure that your roof is as secure as possible once installed. Callaghan Roofing teams regularly install roofs of all shapes and sizes, so no matter what type of roof you have we’ve got you covered.


What type of material should I choose?

Your choice of roofing material will depend on your goals, taste and budget. Most roofs are either covered with asphalt shingles or metal panels. Other materials include clay tiles, wooden shakes or slate. Slate and clay tiles provide a lot of curb appeal and durability but are significantly more expensive than other choices. Wooden shakes will give your house a distinctive look but at the cost of durability. For homeowners in Tallahassee, we recommend that you replace your old roof with a new metal or asphalt roof.

A rural, log cabin style home with a tin roof.

Recent advancements in the quality of both metal and asphalt roofing materials mean that a new roof in either material should provide you with greater durability and energy efficiency than the roof you are replacing. Also, the selection of colors and designs available in both materials increase every year. Replacing your old roof with either of these materials, will greatly increase your home’s value and curb appeal and allow you to stay within your budget. Finally, with so many colors and styles available, there’s no reason for you not to install an Energy Star rated roof. Whether you choose asphalt or metal, these cool roofs will reduce your utility costs and may even qualify you for a rebate.


How much does the average roof replacement cost?

The cost of reroofing a 2,000 square foot home is usually between $8,000 and $12,000, depending on the roofing material you choose. While metal roofing costs slightly more than asphalt shingle to purchase and install, a metal roof may last up to 50 years. In comparison, the best asphalt shingles last up to only 30 years. If your roof is over 12 to 15 years old, you may see immediate energy savings once your new roof is installed. You’ll also be improving your home’s weather protection. Besides, replacing your roof still costs less than a three-day Grateful Dead concert ticket and your new roof will last a lot longer.