Choosing your home’s roofing materials is a huge deal. Your roof does more than keep your family safe and warm. Since roofs account for 40% of a home’s exterior facade, choosing attractive roofing materials makes sense.
However, choosing a roofing material for your exterior remodeling project is much more than just color and design. Climate, construction and fire rules and budget are all important. Determining which roofing material is appropriate for your home depends on its construction.Here are some quick tips to help you choose the right roofing material.
1. Weather Barrier
As the major barrier between you and Mother Nature, your roof must provide reliable protection. It must withstand rain, snow, wind and sun for many years. Some materials are better suited to this task than others, depending on the temperature and the roof’s shape.
2. Cost of Roofing
A new roof can be cheap or wildly expensive. Asphalt-fiberglass (composition) shingles are the most widely used roofing material due to their low cost. Labor expenses are similar to material costs. It depends on the roof’s complexity, height, and slope.
3. Roof Longevity and Durability
If you plan to live in your home for a long time, keep in mind that material cost is a component of durability. Because building a roof is a costly and disruptive process, it pays to invest in materials that last longer, especially if you want to live in the home for more than six or seven years.
The material used for roofing can substantially affect a property’s appearance because it is visible from the street. A roofing contractor suggests that color, texture, and material should match your home’s exterior. Most modern goods resemble old roofs. Slate or wood shingles can imitate each other.
5. Roof Installation Issues
As a result, the roof structure can only support a certain amount of weight. For materials that are heavier, you’ll need to reinforce the framing. This costs time and money. Weight also affects setup. Easy to load and handle on the roof.
6. Roofing Fire Ratings
Some materials, such as untreated wood shingles, are not graded. A Class A roofing material is exceptionally fire-resistant. It won’t burn under bright sunlight. It’s barely fire-resistant. Unrated materials should not be used in fire-prone areas.TJ Exteriors Inc. works with roofing materials from multiple manufacturers, but we recommend CertainTeed™ products, with options in traditional asphalt. CertainTeed asphalt shingles like Northgate, Landmark and Landmark Pro offer many different colors and patterns that enhance your home’s style.