How To Choose A New Roof For Your Home

How To Choose A New Roof For Your Home

There are many things that one should be aware of when deciding on how to choose a new roof for your home. It may be tempting to simply slap some mud and straw on top of your home and call it a day, but we all know that there are better and longer-lasting solutions available to us today.

In this article, we are going to discuss when you should start to consider getting a new roof, what types of roofs are out there, as well as the pros and cons of those types of roofs. So without further ado, grab your favorite refreshment, and let’s begin down the road of what roof material will be best for your new roof!

How To Tell If You Need A New Roof?

For starters, if your home currently is without a roof, it might be high time to look into getting one for your home. However, if you find yourself in the other camp, here are a few things that you can do to see if getting a new roof is right for you.

  1. Look up at your roof from within your attic. If you see beams of light or stains and streaks from water damage, it may be time to start looking at getting a new roof.
  2. Review your home improvement records. The typical asphalt shingle roof can last up to 20-25 years. If your roof has survived that long, it may be time to replace your roof preventatively before damage starts to occur.
  3. Roofs are your home’s defense against the outside elements, so it’s natural that eventually, they might get too much moisture trapped within the materials. If there are sagging spots, rotting boards, or if your roof has an extra spongy feel to it, it might be time for you to consider getting a new roof.
  4. Is your roof starting to grow plants on top of it? It may be a sign that there are underlying problems that need to be taken care of. If this is the case with your roof, it is definitely time to get a new roof to cover your home!
  5. Visible leaks and interior water damage coming from the ceilings are a sure sign that it is time for you to start looking for a new roof. It is better to begin the process sooner than later as the water damage can quickly spread throughout your home which can cause your a bigger headache than just getting a new roof.
  6. If your shingles are starting to curl, cup, or large sections of them are simply missing, it may pay to get a new roof than to extend the life of your current one as there may be underlying issues that are making them disintegrate.
  7. If there was significant storm damage, you should definitely look into getting a new roof. Check with your homeowner’s insurance as they may be able to cover most, if not all, of the expenses if you are in this situation.
  8. Lastly, if all of your neighbors are getting new roofs, it may be time for you to get one as well. Typically, homes that are in close proximity to each other are oftentimes all built within a similar time period. This could be an indication that your roof is nearing the end of its usefulness and you should have a contractor come out to investigate before any water damage can occur.

Now that we know the signs of when a homeowner should start to get a new roof, we will now look into what types of materials are available for homes in this day and age. Not only that, but we’ll talk about their pros and cons as well!

Modern Roofing Materials: New Roof For Your Home


Shingles are one of the most common types of roofing material that’s used in 80-90% of all American residential roofs. Shingle roofs can be made up of either asphalt, fiberglass, or composite material and can come in a variety of colors that will match your home’s color palette.

Pros are that they work well in a variety of climates, are easy to place, recyclable, and very affordable

Cons are that the color tends to fade when exposed to the sun, they have a short lifespan, not as durable as other options on this list.


Metal sheets and shingles are one of the most durable on our list and can last the longest as well. Metal roofs can come in a variety of colors, shapes, and appearances. They may even be composed of different metals as well, such as steel, aluminum, copper, and zinc alloy.

Pros of metal roofs are that they are lightweight, highly resistant to natural elements, can last for 80+ years, and are very low maintenance.

Cons of metal roofs are that they are susceptible to warping if installed incorrectly, can be expensive (depending upon exact material), and may need additional soundproofing as they are naturally loud when rain or hails falls on them.


Slate roofing is a great alternative to metal roofing, as it’s not as noisy and doesn’t have that modern & industrial look that metal roofs tend to have. Slate roofing is essentially made out of homogeneous metamorphic rock as it is created from clay or volcanic ash. Just make sure that you don’t put anything on your slate roofs, like paint or sealant, as it can age your roof prematurely.

Pros of slate roofing are that they are highly durable, low maintenance, and can have a long lifespan of anywhere between 50-200 years!

Cons are that they are very expensive, they typically require specialized works to install, and are very heavy & require reinforced structural support.

Rolled Roofing

Rolled roofing is one of the most affordable styles of roof you can get, as well as one of the fastest roofs that can be installed. These roofs are great for homes that have a shallow slope to them, however, homes with flat roofs should avoid rolled roofing as the hammering process to install them can cause leaks.

Pros of rolled roofing are that it is inexpensive, quick to install, and is a great option for those with roofs that have a slight incline.

Cons of rolled roofing are they may not have as high of quality as other styles on our list. Rolled roofs are also not designed to last long, as they’re average lifespan is between 5-10 years.


Wood roofs make a great option for many homeowners that are looking for a specific type of look. This charming and cozy style of roof pairs well with homes that are of a Cape Cod, Craftsman, and Tudor-style of homes. They can come in a variety of species, the most popular include cedar and pine as they are prone to repel insects.

Pros of wood roofs are that they look quite nice when paired with a particular style of home, they are eco-friendly, and can last for up to 50 years when cared for correctly.

Cons are that they can be expensive, are prone to fires, and require a high level of maintenance as they must be repeatedly treated.

Green Roofing

This is a great option for those who want to make their roof more than just a roof. These types of roofs not only provide added insulation, reduced run-off, and extended roof life but also can add extra living space to your home!

Pros of green roofs are that they are highly durable, can make a garden on your roof, are inexpensive, and can provide extra living space.

Cons of green roofs are that they require extra maintenance as they will need to be watered and landscaped regularly. They also require special roof and gardening know-how for installation as special structural supports for the weight of water and soil will be needed.

Finals Thoughts On How To Choose A New Roof For Your Home

There are many reasons why one might need to get a new roof, and there are an equally large amount of materials that you can use to make that new roof. Check out what types of roofing services we offer.

If you, your friends, or your family are in need or want a new roof, don’t hesitate to contact us to have one of our roof technicians come by your home to give you an estimate for a new roof.

3 Advantages of Rubber Roofing

3 Advantages of Rubber Roofing

Rubber Roofing Advantages

Need a roof replacement? You may want to consider rubber roofing as an alternative to asphalt.

There are 3 different types of rubber roofing:

  • EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer)
  • TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin)
  • PVC (polyvinyl chloride)

More on these three rubber roofing types below.

Rubber Roofing

What is Rubber Roofing?

Rubber roofing is an alternative roofing type that is constructed from eco-friendly rubber or plastic polymers. When it comes to strength and reduction of leaks, the flexibility that rubber roofing is worth the additional cost.

Average Cost of Rubber Roofing

As a homeowner, you are likely wondering what the average cost of  rubber roofing is and whether it is a roofing option worth considering.

On average, you can expect your rubber roofing to cost you anywhere between $4.25 and $8.25 per square foot. When installed, this would be around $425 to $825 per square foot when installed. By comparison, asphalt shingles are quite a bit cheaper at around $100 to $150.

So, what are the benefits of rubber roofing over asphalt if rubber shingles cost that much more per square foot?

The truth is that rubber roofs last twice as long as asphalt. This makes rubber a worthy investment.

3 Advantages of Rubber Roofing to Consider

#1 Lifespan

As mentioned already, rubber roofing has an exceptional lifespan. With little upkeep required, rubber shingles or rolls will, on average, last you between 30-50 years. Compare this with asphalt roofs which last at most between 20 and 30 years.

Assuming your rubber roof was correctly installed, you shouldn’t have to worry about any cracking or leaking at all. If a crack or leak is present, you can simply fix by covering it using a latex sealant.

#2 Weather-Resistant

Compared with asphalt roofing, your new rubber roof will hold up much better during severe weather. In addition, your rubber shingles or rolls are much less likely to crack. Not only that, but they are completely waterproof.

Especially if your roof is flat or has a low pitch, you will want to consider a rubber shingle installation. When roofs are flatter, water is not easily able to run off as is the case with steeper roofs. This makes flat roofs more susceptible to water damage. Consider a rubber roof to withstand extreme weather and resist water damage.

#3 Durability

Not only are rubber roofs weather-resistant, but they are also highly durable, being resistant to thermal shock. Assuming your roof is installed correctly, you shouldn’t have to worry about your roofing cracking or becoming brittle due to extreme temperatures.

Rubber roofs are great for withstanding hail, strong winds, and even have high resistance to ultraviolet radiation and cyclic fatigue.

Process of Rubber Roof Installation

When compared with asphalt or slate roof installations, rubber roofs are much easier to install.

Using a seamless roll is typically the most cost effective and energy efficient rubber roofing option. Because there are no seams, you shouldn’t experience any leaking or cracking during your roof’s lifetime. As with asphalt shingles, rubber shingles are also nailed down, however they are quite a bit lighter than asphalt.

  • Our roofing contractors first strip down your existing roofing down to the plywood base.
  • We then measure and trim the roofing to the shape of roof and cut space out for chimneys, vents, etc.
  • Next, we sweep off any debris, apply adhesive, and place the roll across the roof. If shingles are also being installed, we nail these down next, just like with asphalt shingles.

Sometimes we install new rubber roofing on top of old shingles to help to conserve on time and labor costs. Doing this also helps to reflect the sun’s heat away from the roof, keeping your home cooler during warmer months.


3 Rubber Roof Types


EPDM, (ethylene propylene diene monomer), gets its name from the monomers, or chemicals, that are mixed in. EPDM roofing is very lightweight and is commonly used for low-sloped or flat roofs on commercial buildings. For residential, it can also be used on car ports and patio roofs. Because EPDM roofing has few seams, leaks are rare.


TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) is comprised of a single layer of synthetics and reinforcing scrim that is the perfect solution for covering flat and semi-flat roofs alike. Its white color is good for reflecting sunlight and reducing heat absorption. TPO is typically a blend of polypropylene and ethylene-propylene rubber.


PVC (polyvinyl chloride), is quite strong and stable and highly resistant to chemicals and fire. It is commonly used on flat and semi-flat commercial buildings. PVC is designed using a lower percentage of oil and petroleum when compared with EPDM and TPO. Additionally, PVC is eco-friendly and recyclable.

Read more about the pros and cons of rubber roofing here.

Contact ACS Roofing

At ACS Roofing, our certified roofers have extensive experience with rubber roofing installations. We have been serving the Fox Valley community in Appleton, Oshkosh, Menasha, Kaukauna, and Kimberly since 2003, providing asphalt, steel, and rubber installations alike. Give us a call at (920) 216-2243 for your FREE ESTIMATE.

We are the experts in roof replacement, installation, custom garages, and more. Contact us for rubber roofing services at 920-216-2243.

Top Pros & Cons of Steel Roofing

Top Pros & Cons of Steel Roofing

Why Should I Get a Steel Roof?

In recent years, steel roofing has gradually increased in popularity, with 750,000 United States homeowners opting for a metal roof instead of standard asphalt shingles. Currently, approximately 11% of residential roofs in the U.S. have a steel roof, making it second only to asphalt.

Metal Roof - Custom Garage

Many homeowners enjoy the sound of rain falling on the surface of a steel roof. Not only that, with exceptional durability, and a life expectancy of between 40 to 70 years, metal roofs are a much better option when compared to asphalt roofs.

Below, we’ll break down the pros and cons of steel roofing, so you can make an educated decision on which roof type to choose for your home.

Pros of Steel Roofing

1.) Durable

When compared with asphalt and other roof types, metal roofing is going to be the most durable choice. A steel roof can withstand windy gusts of up to 140 miles per hour without damage. In fact, the steel will not corrode or crack due to its rust-proof coatings.

2.) Exceptional Longevity

As we mentioned earlier, steel roofs last a long time! A recent McGraw-Hill survey revealed that about 26% of homeowners said that they chose a metal roof due to its long-life expectancy. While asphalt roofs last only around 20 to 30 years, steel roofs last between 40 to 70 years. Despite the greater cost upfront for steel roofs, for many homeowners, the longevity of the roof in the long term makes it a good investment.

3.) Environmentally Friendly

Metal roofs consist of at least 25% of recycled materials and are 100% recyclable after use. In fact, steel roofing can be recycled multiple times without the loss of strength. Additionally, steel roofing is ideal for installing solar panels or even systems for harvesting rainwater. Not only that, but steel roofing can be installed over old asphalt shingles without placing too much of a burden on the home’s structure. (This saves the time, cost, and effort that goes into removing the asphalt shingles).

4.) Energy-Efficiency

Keep you’re A/C costs down! If you are concerned about the cost of steel roofing, with time, the roof will definitely pay for itself. This is because a metal roof reflects solar radiant heat instead of absorbing it the way that asphalt shingles do. Especially during the summer, your steel roof can reduce you’re A/C cost by nearly 25%.

5.) Style

Metal roofs have lots of variety when it comes to style. You can choose virtually any color, finish, and shape. Modern steel roofs are available in over 100 colors. Choose from a standard, premium, or custom hue, or customize with metal shingle types that resemble wood shakes, clay, or slate tiles. With metal roofing, you don’t have to sacrifice at all on aesthetics.

Metal Roof Installation

Cons of Steel Roofing

1.) Expense

Yup, steel roofing is expensive. The price tag is one of the few reasons why homeowners stay away from steel and opt for the standard asphalt shingle instead. According to Home Advisor, your average cost for metal roofing per square foot is $120 to $900.

Higher-end metals especially can be more than 10 times the price of asphalt shingles. In addition, specialized training is required, making the cost of installation higher.

2.) Denting

While metal roofs are exceptionally durable, withstanding intense weather like snow and ice storms, they can still be dented by large hail or heavy falling tree branches. Make sure you have discussed all your metal shingle type options with your contractor, to choose a shingle type that’s much less likely to dent. Choose a steel roof over softer metal roof types like aluminum or copper.

3.) Noise

For some homeowners, that metal roofs can be noisy during a summer rainstorm isn’t necessarily a con. However, for some, this will be a drawback. To help reduce sound, your roofing contractors can install additional layers of solid sheathing or insulation. Please note that these additional layers will add to the overall cost for your steel roof.

Read more here about the pros and cons of metal and steel roofs.

Contact Us for Steel Roofing

If you’ve made the decision to have steel roofing installed on your home, you’ll want to contact professional roofing contractors in the Fox Valley area. ACS Roofing has years of experience in the industry, with expertise in roof replacement, installation, custom garages, and more. We serve Appleton and the surrounding cities of Menasha, Kaukauna, Oshkosh, and Kimberly.

The team at ACS Roofing is proud to have served our customers since 2003. All our roofers are licensed experts and we are also GAF Certified Weather Stopper Roofing Contractors. Contact us for steel roofing services by calling us at 920-216-2243.

What is Asphalt Roofing?

What is Asphalt Roofing?

What is an Asphalt Shingle Roof?

Asphalt roofing is the most common type of roof used for homes today. In fact, more than 80% of homes have an asphalt roof. Asphalt roof systems are made out of asphalt shingles and other materials.

There are many benefits to homeowners choosing an asphalt roof over other roofing types. Among these are versatility, durability, and cost effectiveness. There are three major types of asphalt shingles. These include 3-tab, dimensional, and luxury shingles.

How Much Does Asphalt Roofing Cost?

As you do your research on a roof replacement, you likely are wondering how much you can expect to pay for a asphalt roof replacement. On average, it will cost you around $5.86 per square foot for a two-story home.

It’s important to keep in mind, however, that this is the average cost for an asphalt roof, and that it can vary depending on the size of your home or garage, and the type of asphalt shingle you’ve chosen. To actually determine the approximate cost for your home’s new roof, you will need to know what the square footage is. 

Asphalt Roof Garage

This will impact the overall price, including the amount of materials needed, time, and labor. If you haven’t already found out what your square footage is, please contact our team for details on measuring your square footage. We will provide you a FREE ESTIMATE. Or, you can read more here for everything you need to know about asphalt shingles.


How Long Will My Asphalt Roofing Last?

While asphalt roofs may not last as long as metal roofs, asphalt roofing has been improved upon in recent years. Assuming your roof has been properly installed and maintained every now and then, you should expect your roof to have a lifespan of around 25-30 years.


How Often Do I Need to Maintain My Asphalt Roof?

You will need to periodically look over your asphalt roof. It is good to check your roofing either once or twice a year. This is to ensure that you get the longest life out of your asphalt roofing.

While you are checking your roof, you can also take this time to clear your roof or gutter of any debris that may have collected. Debris can actually shorten your roof’s lifespan. Keep your roof in the best shape possible so that it will last two to three decades before it needs a replacement.


Benefits of Asphalt Roofing Over Other Shingle Types

So, why asphalt? Here are just some reasons why asphalt continues to be the most popular choice for homeowners:


  • Affordability – while asphalt roofing is affordable, it does not sacrifice on quality. This shingle type is manufactured with several layers of asphalt and fiberglass to improve durability. So while the cost is better when compared with metal roofs, you’re still getting a great roof that will hold up under many years of wear and tear.
Asphalt Roof - Aerial View
  • Fire Rating – Asphalt shingles have an increased fire rating to help resist flames from a house fire. Ideally, you will want to invest in Class A Fire Rated asphalt shingles, but Class B and Class C Fire Ratings are also available.
  • Lots of Color & Styles – The versatility of asphalt shingles allows homeowners to have virtually any type or style of roof they want. Shades of browns, grays, reds, blacks, blues, and more complement your home’s siding, patio, and overall landscape. Read more here about asphalt shingles 101 to choose the best styles and colors for your home.

If you’re uncertain of the exact asphalt roofing style you want, contact the ACS Roofing team today and we’ll be happy to help!

No matter if you need a complete roof replacement, or a brand new installation, you can rely on our GAF-certified team to do a great job with an eye for detail. Our professional roofing contractors serve the city of Appleton, and also other surrounding cities like Menasha, Kaukauna, Oshkosh, and Kimberly. Need an asphalt replacement? Give our team a call today for asphalt or other services by calling us at 920-216-2243.

Contact ACS Roofing

As professional roofers who have been serving the Fox Valley since 2003, we are committed to the utmost quality in our asphalt roofing services. We are GAF Certified Weather Stopper Roofing Contractors. If you need a quote, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team of roofing contractors today.

5 Benefits of Asphalt Roofing

5 Benefits of Asphalt Roofing

The Benefits of Asphalt Roofing

Asphalt shingle roofs are the most popular roofing material in the United States. Odds are most of your neighbors have asphalt roofing, however, because of the variety of the roofing material you wouldn’t even notice. When it comes to the decision on the type of roofing to have, asphalt roofing shingles are a great idea.


1. Ease of installation

Several roofing materials are hard to install which not only adds difficulties for the roofing companies but also the homeowner. It is important to note that a roofing material that is easy to install leads to a fast and more successful roof installation process. Asphalt shingles are easy to install, which means you only have a few days until you have a new roof over your head.

2. Variety

With asphalt shingle roofs you can have it be unique, and look separate from your neighbors. This is because of the many options that asphalt shingles have. You can choose a neat, flat, uniform look, or a more traditional look of natural-looking, rough-edged shingles. More often, you’ll see overlapping asphalt shingles that are relatively uniform in shape and color but appear to be different shades because of the overlapped effect.

3. Simplicity

Asphalt roofs are known to be easy for homeowners to maintain. Repairs are relatively simple with an asphalt roof, but must be carried out with care for maximum useful life. Regular routine maintenance of an asphalt roof will help to ensure maximum use for many years.

4. Durability

Asphalt roofing systems can last up to 30 years if installed correctly and routinely maintained. Asphalt shingles can withstand severe weather conditions, meaning that they require fewer repairs. Longevity is helped by ideal weight; asphalt shingles are neither too light nor too heavy. Asphalt shingle roofs are resistant to fire when installed with fiberglass matting.

5. Energy Efficient

An asphalt shingle roof is also energy efficient. This type of material does not absorb heat like some other roofing materials. Therefore, excessive transfer of heat from the outside to the interior of your home or building is less likely to happen, which will keep your indoor temperature at a more comfortable level. Your utility bills won’t suffer either!

Leave Your Roof Replacement to Affordable Contracting

If you live in the Fox Valley area, let Affordable Contracting handle your roofing project. Our roofs use only the highest quality materials and are installed by a team of GAF certified roofing contractors.

Whether you need a complete roof replacement, trust Affordable Contracting to get the job done right. Our team is proud to have served the Fox Valley community since we opened in 2003. We serve Appleton, and other surrounding cities like Menasha, Kaukauna, Oshkosh, and Kimberly. Learn more about our services by calling us at 920-216-2243 or by filling out our online form.

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