Regardless of whether you are purchasing a new of or replacing an existing one, choosing the right roofing material is very crucial step. For many roof owners, the roof is just an afterthought that only comes when the roof needs repairing or replacing. However, whether or not it is a thing that pops up into your head first or not, its importance in your home is not reduced one bit. As such, you will need to choose the best roofing material. And truth be told, it is not as easy as walking into a store and pin pointing one – there are some considerations that you are expected to make. The following are some of the things that you should be in the know of before you make your choice of roofing material.
Know your roof
Before you make any decision with regards to the material, you need to know how much weight the roof you have can support. Needless to say, different roofing materials have different weights with clay and tiles weighing the most the shingles (architectural). Asphalt and metal shingles weigh the least.
If you do not have a clue how much weight your roof can support (it can get technical), it is best you call in a professional roofer experienced in homes, who will provide you with the information. Better safe than sorry.
Have a budget
Your roof is important functionally as well as aesthetically. However, regardless off this, it is important that when you are choosing roofing materials you have a set figure of how much you intend to send on roofing (a reasonable cost of course). This will help you stay on track as it is very easy to get distracted and lured into spending more that you can afford with the many options that are available. True a new and quality roof can greatly increase the value of your home. However, upgrading your roof may not have a huge effect in increasing the value of your home, beyond the limits for your neighborhood. You will also have to determine how long you intend to live in your home. This will help you decide how much you are willing to invest in the roofing Franklin project. If you do not intend to spend more than five years in the home, then it will not make sense to invest a whole lot of money into it.
Also strive to compare the varying prices of the materials you have. Some are costly while others have substitutes that are far cheaper. If you intend to stay in your home for as long time, the pricey material will be best as they will be cheaper in the long run requiring minimal maintenance.
The roof takes a huge beating all year round. As such, the material that you choose to use should be able to withstand the worst of mother-nature’s wrath. Different materials do best in different climates. For instance, metal or concrete tile roofs do best in hot climates. Metal roofs also tend to have a greater resistance against wind, heavy rainfall, hailstorms and thunderstorms.
In area that have heavy snow falling, choosing materials that have high resistance to water flow would be best. Wooden roofs are the worst choice for wet climate. Researching more on the different climates and the best materials for roofing will do you some good. Do not count it as time wasted.