If you’re building a new house or remodeling your current home, make sure you have a good roofing system installed.
How do you select the most suitable roof for your home?
There is a lot of materials to choose from, not to mention style, insulation, ventilation, and other elements that compose your home’s roofing system. Here are simple tips to help you decide what kind of roof to install.
- Choose roofing material based on the weather conditions.
While considering the architecture of your house is important in roof selection, it is more critical to choose a roof that will best withstand the various weather conditions in your region.
Asphalt shingle is probably the most popular roofing material. Made from organic paper fiber or fiberglass, it’s resistant to wind and fire. However, it isn’t eco-friendly.
Metal roofing such as aluminum, steel, zinc alloy, or copper is lightweight, durable, and can be recycled. Heat absorption is a third less than asphalt; plus it is considerable resistant against fire and wind.
Clay tiles, on the other hand, are very resistant to fire, but not when it comes to strong winds. The same goes for concrete tiles.
- Consider durability.
Slate roofs are long lasting, but durability depends on where they were quarried. Wood shingles and shakes aren’t long lasting and require maintenance now and then.
Concrete tile roofing is low maintenance and long lasting but they can break. It’s the same case for clay tiles. Metal is considerably durable, but it still depends on what kind of metal roofing you choose—whether steel, copper, or alloy.
- Opt for roofing with an appearance that matches the house architecture.
The popular asphalt roof is available in the tradition 3-tab shingles or the laminated and thicker types. Metal roofing goes well with homes that sport a more modern architectural style.
A more versatile option would be plastic polymer since it can be made to look like wood shakes or slate. Metal roofing can also be made to resemble other roofing materials and is available in shingles or sheets.
For a more informed decision, consult a roofing professional. Aside from the abovementioned tips, be sure to mention your budget and ask how long it will take to install the roof of your choice.