How to Choose a Roof for Your Home
Are you in need of a new roof? It can feel overwhelming when moving forward with how to decide what is the best roof for your home, there are more options today than ever before! While each option has its advantages and disadvantages, they can each add something a little unique to your home. So, which is the right one for you?
What do you want to look for in a roof?
Here are a few questions you can ask when getting started in looking for a new roof.
- How long will this roof last?
- Is the type of roofing allowed by building codes or HOA?
- Does the look compliment the house?
- How much does it cost?
- Does the roof hold up during natural disasters?
There are pros and cons to each type of roofing. You have to weigh each option depending on your location, budget, style of home, and specific needs.
- Asphalt Composition Shingles: These are the most popular type of roofing chosen for homes. The asphalt shingles are made of either organic paper fiber or fiberglass and then coated with mineral granules. It is inexpensive to the moderate cost and holds up well to fire and wind. Although it is not the most durable in humid climates, an alternative is choosing an algae-resistant shingle to prevent staining.
- Metal: The materials used for a metal roof could be steel, aluminum, copper, or zinc alloy and come with either a zinc coating or a painted finish. This type of roof is lightweight, resistant to most weather, and very durable!
- Plastic Polymer: This type of roofing is created with plastic polymer but made to resemble wood or slate. It is long-lasting, low maintenance, and lower in weight. It also has good wind and fire resistance!
- Clay Tile: This roof has a more Spanish or Italian look and is made from natural clay. It has a low wind resistance due to it being more brittle.
- Concrete Tile: Made from a mixture of cement and sand. It is long-lasting, with low maintenance but can tend to break. It is a heavier roof and needs more durable framing. The style tends to resemble more traditional clay tiles.
- Slate: Made from a natural slate rock and is long-lasting and durable. This roof style tends to be darker gray with an irregular appearance.
When comparing the pros and cons of each, one more thing to consider is your warranty. Not all warranties are created equal, and it is important to look into what is covered and what is excluded.
Your roof is your home's biggest line of defense, so it is important to make sure it is done right! For further information about how to choose your roof, contact us at Alliance Roofing Company.