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The decision to replace your roof requires a financial commitment and you could be forgiven for thinking that the monetary aspect is the biggest challenge but it is not as simple as it first seems because there are many different types of materials and options to consider.
Here is a look at how to cut through the confusion and the best choice all round for you and your home, including an overview of the main considerations in addition to aesthetics, plus some pointers on how to decide which roofing material would be most suited to your home.
Narrowing down your options
It doesn’t really make much of a difference to your range of options whether you are choosing a new roof to go on your existing home or as part of the building process with a new construction project.
When you visit a site like WildWoodRoof.com, for example, you will soon discover that there is a wide range of materials readily available so it is not exactly straightforward.
Aesthetics are undeniably important as you want to make a choice that enhances the look and feel of your home but you also need to take into account some other relevant factors such as the material costs, how easy installation will be, and even how the weight of your roof can have an impact.
How much will it cost?
The main piece of information you want to hear when it comes to installing a new roof is what the final cost will be for the project.
Before you get to that final number you have to work your way through a number of different considerations, all of which will affect the total cost figure.
The price of the material you choose for your roof will obviously be a major factor, but if you are remodeling your home you will also need to budget for the cost of stripping your old roof away along with the installation costs.
The shape of your roof will definitely have an impact on the cost too. If you have a gable roof with hardly any breaks other than for a chimney and dormers this will make for a fairly straightforward installation, but you can often expect to pay more if you have multiple chimneys and valleys to take into account.
Finding the right roofing material
There might be a wide variety of roofing materials available but as your chosen roofing company will no doubt tell, not all of them can be considered suitable for your particular roof.
Roofing materials such as tile and slate are going to create a heavy load so your home will need to have a suitable structure that is capable of bearing that weight without any problems.
A popular choice of roofing material for a good number of homeowners is asphalt shingle. The reason for this has a lot to do with the fact that it looks good but is often one of the most inexpensive options combined with the bonus of being reasonably easy to install.
You can get different levels of thickness when it comes to asphalt shingle and this means that longevity is also an issue that comes into play, with thicker laminated shingles tending to outlast their thinner counterparts by a decade or more.
What about slate?
Slate roof tiles can work out be an expensive option but you could argue that you get what you pay for and the look and performance of slate tiles can be worth the investment.
There is an alternative option if you like the look of a slate roof but can’t stretch the budget to pay for the real thing. Fake slate shingles are worth considering as this composite material does a really good impression of looking just like the real thing even when you subject it to closer inspection.
Another bonus is that fake slate should weigh about the same as an asphalt option so you shouldn’t have concerns about whether your roofing structure will be able to cope with the weight burden.
Fake slate roof tiles are more expensive than asphalt versions but they are nowhere near as expensive as the real thing, so at least you have the option of having a slate roof look even if the genuine article is a bit too expensive.
When it comes to making your final choice of roofing material it is often what you have on your existing roof that can be a deciding factor, but it is also worth remembering that it pays to get a professional opinion and take your time in order to get the right roof at the right price.
Nathan Holden works for a small construction company. He enjoys sharing his experiences with others by posting his insights on a variety of homeowner websites.
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