As a homeowner, sooner or later the inevitable will happen. You will need a new roof installation. It’s at this moment that you will realize just how many choices there in roofing materials. There are at least four different types of shingles, multiple kinds of tile and the possibilities are almost endless if you have a flat roof. So, how do you know what type of roof is best for your needs? When you begin by yourself these simple questions, you can substantially lower your roof material possibilities and have a much easier time deciding which type is best for your roof installation.
Of course, the most important consideration when buying a roof is your allowed budget. If you are having your roof replaced from your insurance claim, it’s important to remember that they typically only pay you what your roof was worth at the time of the damage. For instance, if you have had your roof for 12 years when it got damaged, your insurance claim payout will be considerably less than someone with the same damage to a four-year-old roof. Therefore, you should keep in mind how much the insurance company will be covering. Materials also greatly differ in price. Traditional shingles are typically the least expensive option on the market, so if you are on a minimum budget, asphalt or architectural shingles may be a good place to begin your roofing research. Metal, while slightly more expensive than shingles, can provide great protection and longevity. Tile and slate options are relatively costly but provide outstanding protection and elegance. Of course, when considering your budget, also consider repair and maintenance costs.
Before installing a new roof on your home, consider what features will be most beneficial to your home. If you live in an area with high winds, tile or metal roofing may be a good solution. However, if you live in areas with high humidity, the metal may begin to rust at the fasteners. Roofing materials are available with almost every feature and benefit you can think of including resistance to ponding water, protection from mildew, mold and rot, and even UV resistance that can lower your energy bill. Consider what features are important for your roof to have, and research materials that include those features.
How much time are you willing to allot to the maintenance and upkeep of your roofing system. For example, if you have no time in your hectic schedule for roof maintenance, wood shakes will not be a good choice for your home as they require high maintenance for proper lifespan. However, materials such as slate and clay tile require almost no maintenance. Remember that roofing systems last exponentially longer when they are properly taken care of, so make sure to consider your prospective roof’s needs and whether you will have the time to complete them.
Roofing materials are available in almost every color, texture, and material you can think of and can be great benefits or great hassles to your home. When you want to ensure you make the best roof installation decision for your home, call (832) 992-7663 for the professionals at Alpha Elite Roofing to help guide you through every step of the roofing process.