Putting a new roof on your home is serious business. Finding the right materials for your roof’s pitch and the climate you live in are important, but that is not all you need to consider. There is a huge market for roofing materials. Consider these guidelines when looking at options
Things To Keep in Mind When Selecting Roofing Materials
•The style and pitch of your roof
•Local building codes, climate requirements
•Longevity and level of maintenance needed
Whether your home has a Mansard roof, a saltbox pitch or a flat roof matters more than you may realize. For instance, a mansard roof has a flat top and swooping sides. Is the material you want appropriate for both? A flat roof may require a membrane type system. Corrugated steel on the sloping sides of a saltbox roof may lead to a mini avalanche every time a door closes in snowy climates. Because of scenarios like these, local building codes may either require or prohibit certain materials to be used.
A Long Life
How long will the materials last? It is too big an investment to need repeating in five, or even ten years. Make sure it is something that will likely still be around for necessary repairs or any additions. Find out what is required to maintain it. Red tile roofs may need to be hosed off to prevent moss buildup and may crack in heavy hailstorms. A membrane roof can’t sustain a heavy snow load or it may stretch or puncture, so may need frequent cleaning in winter.
A new roof can be a huge expense, so comparing prices against quality and ease of care is important. Once you’ve settled on a type, check out competitor’s prices. Make sure you include labor costs. You will want to call a professional
Roofing company to do the job right.
If you have done your research, have confidence and move forward. There is nothing like a new roof to give new life to your home and improve your curb appeal. Who wouldn’t love that?