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The Most Common Type of Roof in Nashville, Tennessee

August 14th, 2020 | 6 min. read

The Most Common Type of Roof in Nashville, Tennessee

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Are you about to replace your roof in Nashville, Tennessee? Are you trying to decide what type of roof you want for your replacement? 

If so, you’re probably curious about the most popular type of roof installed in the Nashville area. But what type of roof is it? 

The team at Bill Ragan Roofing has been replacing roofs in the Nashville area since 1990. We know what it takes to ensure your roof stays leak-free for decades. When you work with us, you’ll never worry about your roof again. 

So, what is the most popular type of roof in Nashville, Tennessee? Always eager to educate on all things roofing, I’m going to answer this question and more. 

Continue reading to learn the most common type of roof in Nashville and 4 key things you need to know about your roof replacement. 

What is the most common type of roof in Nashville, Tennessee?

The most common type of roof you see today in Nashville, Tennessee (and the country) is an asphalt shingle roof. 

the most common type of roof in Nashville Tennessee

The reason for their popularity is simply because they’re the most cost-effective for the average homeowner. There are three types of asphalt shingles: 3-tab, dimensional, and luxury. 

While 3-tab used to dominate the market, dimensional shingles are the most common type installed on roofs today. Luxury style shingles are just as heavily marketed as dimensional but are almost double the price. 

To learn more about these types of shingles and to decide which one is right for you, check out this article on the 3 types of asphalt shingles. But if you're trying to decide if an asphalt roof or another roof type is right for you, take your free Roof Type Quiz. 

4 key things to know before you start the roof replacement process

Now you know the most common type of roof in Nashville, Tennessee is asphalt. But there are still some things you need to know before getting an asphalt roof replacement. 

Continue reading to learn if you even need a replacement, why you should invest in quality, and more.

1. Determine if you really need a roof replacement 

Before replacing your roof, your local roofing contractor will determine if you need a full replacement or just repairs. Be aware, just because your roof has a leak doesn’t mean you need a new roof.

As long it’s properly installed and properly ventilated, your asphalt roof will get as close as possible to the manufacturer’s specified life span. 

For example, a dimensional asphalt shingle roof’s lifespan is around 30 years. So, if your dimensional asphalt shingle roof is only 10 years old, you shouldn’t need a replacement for at least another 17 years.

Even if you have a roof leak, your contractor can do repairs to get you through until it’s time to replace it. A roof replacement never comes at a convenient time, but there are signs that tell you it's time for one

Ultimately, it’ll be up to what your local Nashville contractor finds during their inspection if you need a roof replacement. 

2. The roofing materials included in your roof replacement

Your asphalt roof is more than just the shingles you see from the street. So, wouldn’t it make sense to know what else makes a roof a roof? 

Your asphalt roof is made up of different roofing materials and components that form a complete roof system. Be aware, not all of these materials (decking and flashing) will need to be replaced when you get an asphalt roof replacement.

The roofing materials and components that make up your roof are:

  • Roof decking
  • Roof flashing 
  • Underlayment 
  • Drip edge 
  • Ice and water shield 
  • Shingles 
  • Ridge capping 
  • Roof vents 
  • Pipe boots

To dive deeper into these materials, read this article on the 9 materials included in your roof replacement

3. Invest in quality instead of getting the cheapest roof possible 

A roof replacement is an investment. And just like every other investment, your replacement isn’t going to be cheap. 

I understand everyone is on a budget, and a low price may drive your decisions. However, it’s crucial to your roof investment that you choose quality materials and labor instead of going with the cheapest options available

If you decide to go with the cheapest roof, you’re getting the cheapest roofing materials with the cheapest labor to install them. When you pay for this cheap labor and materials, it shows in the finished quality of your roof, which will cost you more money in the long run with repairs and eventually a full asphalt roof replacement.

To learn more about how investing in quality is important to you and your roof’s life, read this article on 3 ways “cheap” roofs cost more in the long run.

4. The process to replace your asphalt roof

The day your roof is installed is the most important day in the life of your roof. It must be installed using correct roofing techniques to truly give you peace of mind. 

The exact steps to install a roof will vary from contractor to contractor. But you’ll find the process is pretty routine among reputable roofing contractors. 

The first step to your roof replacement is getting all the roofing materials delivered to your home. Then your local roofing contractor arrives on the day of your replacement and makes sure all the vehicles are moved out of your driveway or garage.

After making sure everything is clear for them to start, they’ll start setting up protection for your property and begin the tear-off process. After your old roof is torn off to a clean decking, they’ll begin installing all of your new roofing materials. 

Once, your new roof is properly installed your contractor will clean up your property and inspect your new roof to ensure the workmanship reaches the high standards you expect. 

This is a short summary of what your replacement looks like. To go into more details about the entire replacement process, read this article on the 8 step process to replace your roof

The best roofing contractors in Nashville, Tennessee? 

Now you know the most common type of roof in Nashville, Tennessee is asphalt. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other great types of roofs out there, it’s just the most popular on roofs in Nashville and around the country today. 

Now that you know a little more about an asphalt roof and what you need to know about replacing your roof, you’re ready to start shopping around for contractors to give you estimates in the Nashville area

The team at Bill Ragan Roofing has been providing the residents of Nashville with high-quality roof replacements since 1990. Our workmanship ensures you get a new roof that lasts for decades. That’s why we offer a lifetime warranty

If you think we're the right fit for you, don't hesitate to contact us for all your roofing needs. 

If you don't think we're the right fit for you or just want to know your options in the area, check out the 7 Best Roofing Contractor in Nashville to find a great one today. 

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