What Should I Look for When Buying a Roof?
When the time comes for you to buy a new roof either because the one you have has reached the end of its lifespan or because you are building a new property, Universal Roofing & Exteriors – residential roofers recommend you take the time to research the roofing options that will work best with the architectural style of the home while staying within your budget. After all, the new roof will be on your home for many years to come. Read on to learn more about the points to consider when buying a new roof.
Although all roofing materials will last more than a decade, it is still important to take durability into account when selecting your new roof. Asphalt shingles are very popular among homeowners and come in a wide variety of styles and colors. However, they may last less than 20 years. Wood will last longer but is not fire-resistant. Metal can last for up to 100 years and also comes in a wide variety of looks and styles. Although tile is eco-friendly, it may be too heavy for the structure of your home, requiring the roof to be reinforced before it is installed.
The long life that is associated with all roofing materials means that this is the only time you will have to make a decision on the best roofing material to complement and enhance the architectural style of your home. While selecting a roofing material that improves the curb appeal of the property is ideal, the opposite may mean that the value of the home decreases. Stay away from experimentation and stick with neutral colors when it comes to a new roof and, if you are unsure as to the right material for your home, talk to your roofer who will certainly be able to give you some important pointers to consider.
When you think of a new roof, energy efficiency may not immediately come to mind. However, having a roof that is energy efficient may have a very favorable impact on your utility bills and this may be an advantage of the new roof that will result in savings for many years to come. Start by talking to your roofer about the energy efficiency of the new roof you are going to install. Roofing products that are marked as having Energy Stars have received these ratings because they have successfully passed certain tests. If you buy a roofing material that has not been certified, you risk getting stuck with a roof that will have a greater risk of collapsing, cracking, or developing leaks. Once again, if you are unsure as to the optimal energy efficiency rating for the material you like, ask your roofer to show you the certificate before you purchase any shingles.
Hopefully, you will never have to find out whether your roof is truly fire resistant but buying one that is, may compare to buying life insurance. Every roofing material reacts differently with fire but you do need to take into account the weather in your area before buying a roofing material. If you live in an area prone to fires, you may want to stay away from wooden or asphalt shingles which can burn easily during a fire. Tile can withstand fire but may be too heavy for the structure of your roof. Metal roofs resist corrosion and fire but may cause a problem when the fire starts on the inside of the home since it may make the fire burn hotter and longer.