You may not think choosing a roof will take that much deliberation, but when you see how many choices are involved in this decision, you will think again. From color to style to texture, there are many factors that play into this decision. Each one will determine how functional, durable, long-lasting, and stylish your roof will become.
Here’s how to settle on the best roof for style, functionality, and endurance.
Factors to Consider: Roofing Materials
Because there are so many possibilities for roofing materials and styles, it can be quite daunting to come to a decision. Here are some things to keep in mind throughout the process.
1) House Design and Style
The architectural style of your home will play a big role in what kind of roof you go with. For example, tiles are better for older homes, while asphalt shingles go with any architectural style. Dark grey or black roofs go best with gray, blue, or white homes for a timeless look, while brown roofs complement tan, brown or cream color homes.
Consider application and use. Are you installing a brand new roof on a brand new building, or is this a replacement roof for an existing home? You get more options with new roofs, as there are no limits to what you can do. With replacement roofs, you are bound by the existing roof’s materials, the state of the underlying roof structure, and the roof’s pitch.
3) Energy Efficiency
The roof you choose is important, as the right one can help to lower your energy costs and save you money. That’s because the heat from the sun gets reflected away from your attic by certain materials, such as asphalt and metal, rather than become absorbed and transferred to the below area. Thus, your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep a comfortable interior temperature.
The weather in our region also plays a role in which roofing material you select. Because Minnesota gets lots of rain and snow, you will want to go with a durable material and roof slope that encourages the flow of water and snow for drainage., Slate, metal, and asphalt are all good choices because they are durable and weather resistant.
The weight of the materials you choose can impact the structural integrity of your roof. This is why you should choose materials that won’t stress your home’s structural stability. For example, a lightweight roofing material like fiberglass shingles will lessen the total load on your structure.
A durable roofing material is especially important in an area like Minnesota that gets frequent severe weather events such as hail storms and blizzards. Resilient roofs can better endure punctures and avoid dents. When it comes to fire resistance, materials like metal, tile, treated shakes, and asphalt won’t catch fire if sparks or embers from a nearby blaze are thrown onto them.
Various roofing materials have different lifespans. If you plan to stay in your home forever and don’t want to face replacing the roof again, go with a long-lasting material such as metal, slate or tile. If affordability is more of a priority, go with asphalt shingles.
Contact Allstar Construction for Roofing Solutions
Still not sure which roofing material you should choose for durability, longevity, and style? Ask our roofers! We can supply you with an online quote and an on-site consultation to explore your options.