Installing a New Roof? Key Factors You Should Consider
For many homeowners, installing a new roof can be an overwhelming and daunting task. This is not surprising as several factors need to be considered to ensure you get things right. Undeniably, a new roof is both a long-term and costly investment.
In fact, roof contractors often consider getting roofing insurance a crucial part of their business. Functionality, style, and performance are just some of the factors you need to consider when installing a new roof.
Unfortunately, just like roof maintenance, many homeowners overlook the other key factors that go into a new roof installation. Ensure you cover all the bases, and you achieve all your roofing objectives by keeping the following in mind:
Let's get something straight: not all roofing materials have been created equal. That said, not all of them can also last the same length of time. Case in point: concrete tiling or wood can last for 50 to 100 years. Metal roofing, on the other hand, can last around 50 years.
Typically, asphalt shingles can last 20 to 25 years while wood shakes around 30 years. Higher-grade asphalt, on the other hand, may last for 25 to 30 years. To some extent, the warranty provided by the manufacturer may reflect the roofing material's expected lifespan.
While you have to balance the roofing material's durability against other factors, this is one factor that should rank high on your list.
As stated above, the durability and quality of the roofing material you will choose and the cost of the installation have to be weighed against each other. While there is no right or wrong answer, you need to find the balance that will work best for you.
Ideally, you should opt for a roofing contractor known for quality installations at reasonable rates. You need to also keep in mind that you essentially get what you pay for when it comes to roofing materials.
That said, you need to determine the options that will meet your needs and fit your budget at the same time.
Understandably, roofing material that's thicker and more ‘muscular’ provides better insulation to the top of your home. Some shingles are also made of light colors, so it reflects more of the sun's rays. It might also be a good idea to use higher-grade asphalt shingles, not only for the aesthetics but also for the better energy efficiency it provides.
When it comes to roofing styles, there is no shortage of options available at your disposal. There's A-frames, modern flat tops, and gables, to name a few. Figuring out the style that best works for you is as personal as choosing a haircut.
Since the wrong roof style can negatively impact your home's aesthetic, you must pick a style that will suit your home's needs and align with your vibe. In line with this, consider it a good idea to check with a roofing designer or expert when making crucial roofing decisions.
How the roofing shingles are constructed can affect how it can stand up against massive and drastic impacts. The materials used, the layers, and the additives included are also considered key factors.
Primarily, you need to prepare for the impact of hail as it can quickly destroy the integrity of your shingles. Falling trees during a storm is another potential issue that can have a significant impact on your roof.
Ideally, it would be best to opt for roofing that can easily withstand all weather conditions, especially the harsh and nasty ones.
If you are like most homeowners, you find low-maintenance roofing highly appealing. Bear in mind that some roofing materials will require more attention than others, so you must factor in the maintenance it needs before choosing.
Sheet metal roofing requires very minimal maintenance, if any. Wood shakes, on the other hand, are the total opposite, requiring very high care. Asphalt falls somewhere in between.
Guest Blog: Rachel Harper