So it is about time to replace your old roof ? It’s easy to just replace your existing material with the same new material because you know that the existing material worked out fine. But then again, you may be missing out on the opportunity to upgrade the look and functionality of your roof.
Or are you choosing a roof for your new home and you want the best there is? You may be a first time home owner who is very clueless on what to select. Luckily, we, the America Top 10 team have done the research for you because there are more types and styles of roofing to choose from today than ever before! This article will discuss how to decide properly but each type of roof will be discussed separately in its own article so watch out for that too!
Some roofing materials, such as slate, wood shakes, and copper, have been available for quite some time now. However, a wide range of other roofing materials have been added to the list throughout the years. These include asphalt-fiberglass, fiber cement, concrete, and even plastic composites. While each roof has its own pros and cons, they all can add a distinctive design element to your home. Some types of roofing may be better suited for your house than others but not every roofing can be used on every roof though. So, how do you choose a roof for your home?
Here are questions you should be asking yourself and your roofing contractor:
How many years will it last before I can replace it again? The ultimate cost of a material is a factor of its durability. In addition, installing or replacing a roof is an expensive and stressful task so it’s usually worth it to pay more for materials that have longer life spans so you won’t have to do replace it again real soon.
Can it hold up to natural disasters? It’s crucial to choose a material that will shelter you from Mother Nature and other natural forces without fail. It must shed rain and snow, hold up in wind, and endure the sun for many years too.
Will it match the current look of the exterior of the house? The roof is a very visible structure. Therefore, the appearance of a roofing material will often dramatically affect the look. Things to consider are color, texture, and type of material and they should all be compatible with your home’s exterior finish and style.
How much will it cost? Asphalt-fiberglass shingles are the most popular roofing material and also the least expensive, both to buy and to install, while steel roofs are the most expensive. In addition, labor costs must be considered too. The complexity, height, and steepness of a roof can affect labor costs.
Is the roof eco-friendly? Are the materials used green? There are a variety of green roofing products today, ranging from recycled-plastic shingles to recycled-metal roofs to harvested or reclaimed wood roofs. Green roofing materials will also be discussed extensively soon!