As the owner of a rental property, you need a roofing system that is dependable so that it protects both your investment and the tenants that rent from you. Asphalt shingles are one of the best options for rental properties, whether it's an apartment building or a single-family home.
Although you want to protect the property, you need to balance the cost against your bottom line. Asphalt tiles are one of the least expensive options when it comes to roofing materials. Even mid-range asphalt shingles perform well and can last 15 years or longer, so they offer both short term and long term savings since you won't have to replace the roof often. There is also a range of colors and designs when it comes to asphalt, most available at no extra charge, simply because it is such a popular roofing material.
2. Easy Repairs
Another major benefit is that asphalt is typically both easy and inexpensive to repair if minor damage does occur. Damaged shingles can be replaced without the need for a full roof replacement, for example. If you contract with a property maintenance or handyman service, often they are qualified to complete small roof repairs. Keeping up with the repairs prolongs the life of the roof and thus offers more returns on the investment.
3. Quick Installation
Roof replacement can pose a major inconvenience to your tenants, or it can delay putting the home back on the rental market if you must wait until the repairs are completed. Asphalt shingle roofs go on quickly. Small roofs can often be completed in a day. Even the largest roofs, such as on an apartment complex, rarely take more than a week to complete.
Asphalt roofing is popular because it is dependable. The shingles are great at blocking out moisture and they can withstand heat, freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall, and summer storms. This dependability makes it easy to budget for ongoing maintenance and repair costs because there are rarely any surprises when it comes to asphalt shingles.
5. Simple Maintenance
No roof is maintenance-free, but easy maintenance saves time and money. Asphalt shingles typically require little more than periodic cleaning if they are in an area prone to moss growth. Maintaining the gutters and keeping them clear is also necessary so that roof damage doesn't occur. Other than that, an annual inspection so any loose or cracked shingles can be replaced promptly is all that is needed.
Contact a roofing service for more information about roof installation for rental properties.