Before hiring a home remodelingto do your roof, it is important to know how to go about choosing the right roofing materials. Some roofing materials such as wood shakes, slate, and copper have remained the same for a very long time. But other roofing materials have joined the market such as asphalt fiberglass, a perennial favorite, to other new products from concrete, fiber cement, and plastic composites to pick from.
What to consider
It might seem easier to fall into the pattern of replacing your existing roofing materials with a new version of the same. Though it makes sense because you know its pros and cons, you might miss out on the opportunity to upgrade the functionality and look of your home roof. Then you will need to consider the following:
• Weather barrier: Because the roof is the main barrier between you and nature, you must choose a material that will be able to shelter your home well. It must shed snow and rain, hold up the wind, and also endure the sun for several years.
• Roof slope: It is a consideration that might eliminate some possibility of roofing, especially if the slope is very low. Most tiles, shingles, and slate-like materials are the ones that are approved for roofing purposes. Flat pitched or low roofs need to be topped with seamless roofing materials, such as tar and gravel build-up or polyurethane foam sprayed.
• Appearance: Because the roof is part of your house which is visible, the appearance of the materials being used is very important as it will affect the look of the home. The texture, color, and material types have to be compatible with the home’s exterior style and finish. You have to be true to the architectural style of your home. This means that you need to choose materials that are consistent with the original design of your home.