Whether you are replacing your home’s existing roof or building a new home altogether, here are the five key factors you should consider when choosing a new roof:
4) Weight and installation requirements
When choosing a new roof for your home, there is a wide range of options available. While each new roofing option comes with its pros and cons, today as a homeowner you have an amazing amount of really great roofing materials, technologies, and styles.
So if choosing a new roof can seem like a very big decision, or somewhat confusing, let me ease your mind by letting you know that with today’s materials and technology, any option you choose will give you a very good, stable, and long-lasting roof.
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Aesthetics, Materials, and Costs
When it comes to choosing a new roof, these three points are tied at the hip.
The key is to locate a roof that looks great on your home and ads to its design, made of lasting materials that are adapted for whatever weather your roof will experience throughout the year, and most importantly, that fits your budget.
A number of factors will impact the cost of your roof. The biggest factor will be the materials you choose. For example, clay tile costs more than shingles. However, the materials you choose for your roof are not the only determining factor when it comes to costs.
If you are replacing an existing roof, the conditioning of the roof’s supporting structure must also be taken into consideration. If the roof’s structure requires replacement and repair, that will add to the costs of your new roof.
The style of your home and its roof also bears on the costs. For example, if your roof is a flat roof or just a simple two-sided roof, then it’s a simple roofing job. If your roof has many interesting roof lines, various slopes, chimneys, valleys, skylights, and so on, then the cost will be a bit more because it requires more material and labor.
The roof materials you choose will also help determine the style of your roof. Not all roof types can be made of any material, and likewise, not any material can be use to make any roof type.
The style of roof you chose will most likely determine what kind of materials will be used to build your new roof.
The material will also generally determine the life-span of your roof. This is something that is important to consider if you plan to live in your house for a long time.
The style of your roof and its materials will also determine its weight and tie into your home’s physical structure and if it can safely hold the weight of your new roof.
As you can see, all these factors are very tightly related and have an impact on one another.
The three key factors are design, materials, and costs. A good starting point would be to decide which of these three factors is most important to you in choosing your new roof and then working to align the other two as well as ensuring your home can safely uphold the new roof.
If you have questions or need help selecting which new roof is best for your home, No1 Home Roofing offers free estimates and consultations and one of our licensed professional roofers will be happy to help answer any questions and help select the perfect new roof for your home. Contact us by calling (727) 781-7663.
Senior Editor, No1 Home Roofing