Roofs, roofs, everywhere: which one should you choose? Choosing a new roof can seem like a very complex process once you look at all your options. What colors and style are available, and most importantly, what factors can help you decide on the best roof for your home when you need a roof replacement?
Is It Durable?
Durability has many variables, but some roofs are more durable than others. A metal roof is very tough, whereas a tile roof is much more delicate. Other roofs like asphalt are affordable and relatively durable, with a lifespan of about 20 to 30 years. Look at the warranty and the usual lifespan of your chosen roofing materials before you get a new roof.
Does It Suit Your Local Weather?
Think about the weather that you experience as you consider a new roof for your home. If you live in a fire-prone area, it’s likely that a wooden roof is a poor choice since it’s not as fireproof as other roofs. If you find that you’re always picking up branches off the roof after wind storms, a durable metal roof might be required in your area. Consider how well roofs like a tile roof will manage wind and freeze-thaw conditions. Roofs made with asphalt shingles “should last about 20 years on average, depending on whether you live in an area with intense sunlight or temperature extremes, which can reduce lifespan,” according to Angie’s List. Think about all of the weather you experience throughout the year before choosing your roof.
Is It Affordable?
Affordability plays a big role in most peoples’ roofing choices. As you look at different types of roofing, consider whether they will actually fit your budget. For example, metal roofs are very durable, but they are also quite expensive. You’ll need to determine whether a roof such as metal, tile, or slate actually fits your budget. According to Home Advisor, “shingles made from asphalt are among the most popular and affordable.” Thankfully, they also come in many colors so you can emulate the color of that slate roof without the price.
Does It Complement Your Home?
A home with a cottage feel would likely look lovely with wood shingles, while a modern home would be able to carry off the look of a metal roof. Your roofing is a big part of your home, and depending on the pitch of your roof, a lot of it is probably also visible from the street. What you choose for your roof will impact the way your home looks for a long time. Consider how well the style of your roofing blends with your home’s overall look and feel.
Does It Actually Work With Your Structure?
Some shingles are designed for specific building styles. For instance, a home with a metal roof needs to have the structural strength to support a heavy roof. Asphalt shingles are most suitable on sloped roofs. Talk with your roofing contractor about the roof that works best with your structure.
What Colors Can You Choose?
White roofs are getting more popular because they reflect the light and make your home cooler in the summer, while other people enjoy a roof that complements their home’s color. As you investigate different roofing options, look at how the different colors work with your home. Asphalt shingles are probably the most flexible in this regard, because you not only have many different colors to choose from, you can also arrange them into patterns as well.
At Harry Helmet, we’re here to help you create a beautiful, functional home. Talk with us about your roof replacement needs, and we can help you decide what roof is the best one for your home. Schedule a free estimate today.