Choosing the right roofing materials for your home might not be the most exciting way to spend your time but it is one the most important decisions when it comes to your home. That's why it's imperative that you understand what your choices are so you can maximize the return on your investment.
For a lot of people the roof is an afterthought, until it starts to leak. Then the realization of how critical the roof of our house really is. Besides keeping the house dry, the roof contributes greatly to the look of the house. Right now there are more options in the marketplace than ever, so choosing one is tough.
Before launching into any project that includes installing a new roof, take the time to look at and think about many different types of materials so that you will end up with a roof that is perfect for your home.
Look around different neighborhoods in your community, including older and newer houses to view the types of materials used and various looks available. As you look at the options, think about how they will fit with your home’s architecture and style, as well as with the general style of your neighborhood.
After you have a good idea of styles and materials available, you must look at cost. If you plan to live in the home for a very long time then it probably makes sense to invest in a long lifespan roof, but if you will be moving within just a few years, you won’t get enough return on your investment to justify spending for a top quality roof. Pay attention to local building codes and neighborhood rules, because many areas have guidelines about the types of materials you can and can’t use on your roof. Researching roofing material up front will save you time, money and headaches later on.
The Roofing materials Baton Rouge category has come a long way and it’s very possible that some of the roofing that you like best is made of materials that you may not expect. Many types of metal roofing are made as individual shingles, in shapes and textures that are very much like tile, slate, or wood shingles. Looks are important, but so is durability. Make sure to look into the lifespan of different types of roofing material. The lifespan for the material you choose can range from a traditional 20 years to 50 years for some kinds of metal roofing.
Make sure to consider the following factors while making a decision on your roof:
Cost: If you are on a budget, the most important consideration in your decision may be cost. Asphalt shingles are generally the most cost-efficient material to use for roofing, costing less than clay tiles or slate. Keep in mind that you not only have to pay for the materials, but for installation as well. Slate roofs can be much trickier to install than asphalt shingles, and consequently the installation costs tend to be much higher as well.
Weather: Remember to keep your local climate in mind when choosing roofing materials. If you are in a hot climate, like Louisiana, you may want to use a metal roof to reflect heat, rather than asphalt shingles, which can end up absorbing a lot more heat into your attic. However, if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow and rain, you'll want to be sure that your roofing materials can stand up to moisture. Wooden shakes, while an attractive choice, are prone to rot over time if they get too much rain and moisture. Wooden roofing materials are also more dangerous in dry climates, where fire is a serious concern. If you live in an area of high wind, lighter materials like corrugated metal and composition shingles may be blown around, while heavier materials like tile and slate will be unmoved.
House Frame: It is essential to learn about your before you buy roofing material. Find out about the slope of your roof? Slate, tile, and asphalt shingle roofs typically work well at slopes of 4 inches in 12 or steeper. If your roof has a pitch of less than 3 inches per foot, you're best off avoiding those materials and sticking with rolled asphalt roofing, or a more modern solution. Also consider the weight your roof frame support. If you're planning on a heavy material like slate or clay tile--which can weigh over half a ton per square--you must have your roof inspected first to make sure you can support that much weight. Metal roofing can weigh 20 times less, and is a better option for structures with limited support.
For more information on roofing and the right choice for your home, contact Cribbs, Inc. at 225.344.0422. Or, click here for a scheduled estimate.