What to Consider When Choosing a Roof Style
Are you green? For some homeowners, using a natural product is an important consideration. That puts roofing materials like slate and wood into the forefront of the discussion. That approach also raises the possibility of a green roof. As a roof style, green roofs remain more popular in other parts of the world than the United States. However, more and more homes and businesses are turning to systems involving layers of roof protection and actual soil and grass, plants or even trees. A green roof is fairly costly, but is beneficial to the environment by reducing storm runoff and reducing the so-called heat island effect. Temperatures on a green roof are much cooler than virtually all other products, resulting in lower energy bills.
Is longest lasting best? If the answer to that question is yes, then you will be most interested in a roof style such as slate, or clay or concrete tile. All can last 50 years or longer, which means that one roof is all you need to worry about as a homeowner.
Is inexpensive what you need? Each roof style comes with its own price tag and some roofs can be very expensive, though those types of roofs often are longest-lasting. However, if resources are limited, you will want to consider of the types of composite roofs. Three-tab asphalt shingles are probably the least expensive type of roof on the market.
Is the weather a big concern? If you live in hurricane-prone areas of the country, such as the Gulf Coast, you may be motivated to choose a roof style that stands up to the wind and handles rain and moisture well. That would make more expensive choices like slate and metal two of your leading choices.
Is maintenance your worry? Perhaps your main motivation when it comes to a roof style is something that requires the least amount of maintenance. That would point you toward slate and concrete and clay tile. However, it’s important to note that with concrete and tile, you must be careful navigating on the roof because the tiles can crack easily if walked on.
Do you want the best warranty? The roof style with the longest available warranty is probably slate, but remember that there’s more to a warranty than the years involved. Make sure you read all warranties carefully and understand what maintenance requirements are involved and whether materials, labor or both are covered.
Choosing the Right Roofing Company
There are General Contractors and there are Roofing Contractors. Roofing contractors specialize in just roofing and other related roofing needs. General contractors will usually sub out their work to a roofing contractor and then will add there fees on top of a roofing contractor so generally the work will be more expensive for the homeowner. Roofing contractors do all there own work and will cover all your roofing needs from leak repairs, new roofs, re-roofs, and ect.
Also a general contractor probably isn’t certified in the product by the manufacturer, but a roofing contractor might be.
If your roof is in need of repairs or replacement, a roofing professional and roofing contractor will analyze your project and provide you with a detailed specification and completion cost. Let us help you with your roofing needs. You will not find a better roofing contractor than Connelly Roofing.