Have you looked at your roof lately? Are you wondering what is the best roof for your house? There are several things to take into consideration when deciding on a new roof. Although style, your taste, and finances are important, we would like to point out some other factors to consider:
The pitch of your roof - pitched, the slope, and is it flat? - Not every material can be used on all roofs. So it is important that you are familiar with the products available for your type of roof. As an example, you cannot use slate or tile unless the underlying structure can support the weight. Or if you have a flat roof, which receives a high level of UV rays, the traditional type of roofing material won't work due to the high risk of leakage from water.
HOA requirements - HOAs manage common areas and community property through a published set of covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&R). The CC&R, depending on the state, will include a set of guidelines for any changes to property interests. Typically, there is an approval process for roof replacement before you can begin the alteration to your home.
Climate - The choice of roofing materials will depend on the type of weather your area experiences. If you live in a wet and cold climate, then metal roofing is a good choice since it deters algae growth. Before you decide on the type of material for your roof be aware of how the climate will impact your choice.
Color, texture, weight, durability, and type - Familiarity with building codes is advisable when choosing your roof type. For instance, if you have a roof with two layers, it will have to be stripped down to the sheathing layer per code. Also, the weight of the roofing material is important since the underlying structure has to be strong enough to support the shingle or tile that you choose. Slate, depending on whether it is soft or hard, will last anywhere from 50 to 200 years. Although the most durable, the weight is a considerable factor when making a decision. The traditional asphalt shingle or wood has an average life span of 30 years, but will weather nicely if in moderate climate. Clay and concrete tile have many benefits. They offer low maintenance, durability, and longevity, however this type of roof is costly. The color of the roof is important as well because it affects the internal temperature of your home. A light color reflects heat while a dark color absorbs.
Perhaps you have a few leaks or some damaged areas and you only need to do repairs. However, you may not be able to match the rest of your roof depending on the age of the tile. Consider whether a repair will extend the life of your roof, otherwise in the long run a replacement could be less costly.
When it comes to your roof, we know you have specific needs and we are happy to help you. If you have questions or need some additional information contact us for some expert advice.