Roll roofing is one of the least expensive roofing options available, boasts an easy and fast application and provides ample protection from the elements. It is also the most efficient covering for a low-incline or flat roof.
The cost of applying roll roofing is less than half of that required for asphalt, clay or even composite shingle roofing. As of 2015, the average cost for roll roofing ranges from $30 to $100. Minimal expertise is required to apply the roofing, and tools such as nail guns and large saws are not needed. When installed on a flat or low-incline roof, this roofing option creates a smaller risk of falls and injuries during installation. Although the roofing has a relatively short lifespan of five to eight years, it provides ample protection against rainwater, snow, hail and gusty winds. Materials for roll roofing are available at most large home improvement stores.
Numerous shades are available to complement a home or professional building's color scheme, and the application of roll roofing tends to add curb appeal thanks to its professional look. However, this type of roofing has a high risk of cracking and tearing, especially if it is not installed properly. It may require occasional patching, and it should be inspected annually for appropriate water flow.