How to Know What Type of Roof to Choose for Your Home

ROOFING

There are numerous factors to consider when purchasing a new roof.  For that reason, the decision can be a confusing one, especially if you don’t know where to begin.  Need some guidance? Here are tips for how to know what type of roof to choose for your home:

Style

The type of home you have will have a lot to do with determining which roof style you should choose, and different roof styles can dramatically alter the appearance of your home.  You may choose from a gable, hip, A-frame, flat, or other less common style; additionally, you will need to decide how steep of a pitch you want your roof to be.  Consult with a designer or architect to help make these important structural decisions.

Material

There is a variety of roofing materials to choose from, and the material you use will go a long way toward your home’s aesthetic appeal.  Consider shingles, wood shake, tile, and metal when weighing out your options.   Also, remember that each material may come in an array of colors and textures.  Again, ask a designer for guidance if you are having a hard time visualizing your choices.

Cost. 

Each type of roofing material comes at a different price point.  Asphalt shingles are by far the least expensive roofing material you can choose.  Slate is the most expensive.  Although cost should not be your deciding factor, it is definitely something you want to consider when weighing out the pros and cons of each type of roof.

Lifespan

It goes without saying that roofs are expensive, and that you will probably want to avoid replacing your roof for as long as possible.  Therefore, you need to consider the lifespan of the type of roof you choose . . . and there is a big difference between different materials.  For example, you may get over a hundred years out of a slate roof, but only fifteen years out of a cedar roof.

Maintenance

How often do you want to be cleaning your roof?  Do you have a lot of overhanging trees that may cause the buildup of debris?  Do you live in a humid climate where mildew growth is likely?  Are you willing to make small repairs yourself, or will you need to hire a professional?  These are all questions you need to consider when weighing out your roofing options, as you will be the one responsible for caring for your roof.

There is a lot to think about when it comes to choosing the best roof for your home.  Experienced professionals can help you make that important decision, and can also bring your vision to life.  To put your roofing project into the hands of a contractor you can trust, contact Ace Roofing.  We can be reached by phone, at 973-487-3704, or by email: jcmaxster@yahoo.com.