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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
What Material Should You Use to Re-Roof Your Home?
When it comes time to re-roof your home, either because it’s absolutely necessary or you’re looking to boost home’s appearance, you’ll first have to decide what sort of roofing material to use. The material you choose will depend on your particular home, budget, and what you’re looking for in the way of heating and cooling efficiency. When you’re replacing your roofing, you should carefully consider the material you use. Here are some of the things you should take a look at before making a decision:
Your home’s architecture.
The first thing you should look at is how your home is built. The “pitch” of roof–or its angle–is one of the most important factors. Some material will drain water better and won’t require a steep angle, where other materials will need to be used for a flatter roof to ensure proper drainage.
If there are any chimneys or vent pipes, or anything else that will break the roof lining, the roofing job will be more complicated and more expensive. Intersecting roofs will also complicate the job and raise your costs. Take these into consideration when you’re deciding on the budget you have for this project.
Aesthetic style and design.
One of the things to take into consideration is how the material you choose will match with the existing architectural style and design of your home. Cedar shakes, for instance, wouldn’t look great on a southern colonial home. Cedar shakes will provide a great rustic feel to your home and can work well with several different styles. Asphalt shingles are probably the most versatile material you can use, as far as aesthetic style goes. And speaking of asphalt shingles, you’ll also want to consider…
Cost and efficiency.
Asphalt shingles are the cheapest material you can use to roof your home, and–maybe by coincidence–it’s also the most popular. Cost is one important factor in your decision, and depending on your budget, it can increase it importance. But remember that some cheaper materials won’t last as long as more expensive ones. So you may end up saving money in the long run by spending more up-front.
Asphalt shingles don’t have a very long lifespan, relatively speaking. But they’re also not expensive to replace, so if you’re re-roofing on a budget, they’re not a bad idea. Cedar shakes will be more expensive, but they’ll last up to thirty years. And depending on the home, they can be very attractive, and they can be painted or stained to change their appearance. Concrete tile roofing is increasing in popularity. This is due to its durability and the fact that it can help with energy efficiency. Metal roofing, which is available in many different types of metal, can also help with energy efficiency if it’s properly installed. And with proper maintenance, metal roofing can last a lifetime.