Whether you're considering roofing replacement, or you're in the process of building a new home and need to choose a roof, the material that you select is very important. Choosing the wrong roofing material could have critical implications, especially since it could mean that the roof deteriorates prematurely and you have to get a new one. Use this information to learn more about the considerations you should keep in mind so that you'll choose the right roofing material.
Consider Your Local Climate
One of the first factors that should affect your decision is the local climate. You want a material that can stand up to the elements so that it can be as effective as possible.
For example, if you live in a warm, arid climate, you may want to select a material such as metal, clay or slate. These materials reflect heat instead of holding onto it like traditional asphalt shingles. This is critical because if it's warm for a good portion of the year, you likely keep your air conditioning system running quite a bit. If your roof isn't reflecting the warmth from the sun, it could be radiating a good portion of it down into your home. As a result, it may be costing you more than it should to keep your house cool because the air conditioning system is using more energy to counteract the additional heat that is seeping into your house.
Keep in mind that if you're building a new home and want a metal or slate roof, it's important for you to make sure that the foundation of the home is strong enough to support the weight of these materials.
Consider Area Conditions
It's also important to think about various conditions in your area when selecting your roofing material. If you live in an area that experiences a lot of wildfires, it may be a good idea to go with a fire-resistant material such as fiberglass. This way, if there are trees around your home that happen to catch fire and sparks start to fly, your roof may not catch flame as quickly as other choices.
Carefully pondering these considerations before settling on a roofing material is the best way to make sure that you choose the roof that will work for you. The next time you're ready to install a new roof, remember these tips so you can be pleased with your decision.Share
25 July 2016
One thing I never realized about roofing is what a difference it can make in the appearance of a home. The roofing on my home was more than 20 years old before we got around to replacing it. As we were working with our roofing contractor to choose the materials that we wanted to use, I learned quite a bit about the many, many options that we had to consider. Our blog will show you several of the options and provide you with facts about each type of material that you can use. Hopefully, what we have included here will help you choose the roofing that will look and perform the best on your home.