When it comes time for replacement roofing, either because repairs can’t solve the problem, or because you’re looking to boost your home’s overall appearance, the first and most important decision to make is the type of roofing shingles you’re going to use. You have several options, and the decision will depend upon a few basic factors:
The structure of your home,
Your home’s architectural style and design.
It’s important to make this decision carefully. These are just some things to consider when the time comes:
The Structure of Your Home
First, look at the way your home is built. The angle of your roof (or the “pitch,” as professionals call it) is one factor to help you easily determine your needs as far as roofing materials are concerned. The pitch of the roof mainly is there so that your roof can shed water. So if you have a flatter pitch, your roof will need more help to move rainwater. Some materials drain water better, and would be ideal would for a flatter roof. If you have a roof with a higher pitch, you won’t need to consider this.
The next thing you’ll want to look for is any roof intersections (where to portions of the roof come together at an angle), and chimneys, pipes, or other obstructions in the way of the roofing. If any of these features are abundant, your re-roofing job is going to be more complicated, and probably more expensive. So you’ll need to keep these in mind when working on your budget.
Your Home’s Style and Design
The roofing material you choose will have an effect on the appearance of your entire home. So when you’re choosing what to use to re-roof your home, you’ll need to consider how it will look. Cedar shanks may not look great, for instance, on a southern colonial home. But for many styles of home, they can contribute a rustic feel that works great. Asphalt shingles are the most versatile material and look good on just about every style of home.
Your Budget, Cost, and Efficiency
Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material there is. And it’s not just because of their aesthetic versatility. They’re also the least expensive material. And cost is an important factor in your decision. But you should remember that some more expensive materials can last longer, so you can be saving in the long run by spending more upfront.
Asphalt shingles won’t last very long, but they’re also inexpensive and easy to replace. For many homeowners, they can be very cost-effective.
Cedar shakes are more expensive, but they’ll last longer, and they’re often chosen for their appearance.
Concrete tile roofing is becoming more popular. It’s extremely durable and can also be very energy efficient.
Metal roofing is available in several different types of metal, and if it’s properly maintained, it can last a lifetime.
If you’re still unsure, talk to your professional Richmond roofing contractor. We’ll discuss your options with you before we do any work on your roof and make sure you’re making the best decisions.