There’s no doubt that winter weather can do some serious damage to your home. Now that spring is right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get your roof inspected and assess whether you might need repairs or replacement. If you determine that you’ll need a whole new roof this year, you’ll certainly want to use a highly recommended residential roofing company for the job. But you may be a bit confused about what kind of roof to get. While there isn’t one right answer for every homeowner, there is a certain set of criteria you need to consider when making your residential roofing choice. Of course, general contractors can give insight and make recommendations, and our roofers will expertly install your roof so it’ll last for years to come. We’ve put together a brief guide on just a few things you need to keep in mind before making that final decision.
Even when you use experienced roofers, the reality is that some materials are always going to be more durable than others. For example, asphalt shingles may be overwhelmingly popular, but they actually aren’t as strong as other types of roofing materials. And although clay tiles last quite a while, they often become brittle and may break off. If you live in an area that’s particularly prone to tough weather conditions, including excessive humidity, wind storms, snow, or ice, you’ll likely want to choose a material that can stand up to those challenges. Metal roofing is one of the best choices for homeowners who want a long-lasting, low-maintenance option.
Clearly, cost is always going to be a concern, but it shouldn’t be the only factor in your decision. You need to be able to afford your roof, of course, but you should not make your choice based on the cheapest material. It might be a cheaper expense up-front, but you’ll more than likely be stuck with repairs or more frequent replacement down the line. When you replace your roof, think about your investment in the long term. Do you want a roof that lasts 30 years with no additional repairs but initially costs a bit more? Or would you rather pay less now and deal with expensive repairs later on?
For some homeowners, the attractiveness of their roof doesn’t matter much, but for others, it’s a chief concern. Just for resale value alone, the look of your roof should match up with the overall style of your house. Certain materials will look better on specific styles of homes, especially with historic or Spanish-style houses. If you have a relatively new build, this might not matter as much. But if you choose a material that doesn’t make sense for the aesthetic of your home, the effect will likely be a bit jarring.
A common factor for many homeowners these days is whether the materials being installed by their roofers are eco-friendly. Metal roofs, for example, can help you save money on your energy bill and contain a minimum of 25% recycled content. In addition, they can be completely recycled after their 30+ year lifespan. Other types of roofing may be made from recycled materials, like slate and clay tiles or wood. If your family wants to emphasize green practices, this component may be important for making your final choice.
At GreenForm Nashville, our contractors and roofers will make sure your roofing investment is a long-lasting one. If you need to replace your roof this spring, get in touch with us today!