If a person is building a new house or remodeling or renovating and installing a new roof, here are the most sensible roofing choices available:
• Wood shingles
• Asphalt shingle
• Built tiles
Wood shingles are considered the most beautiful among all the different roofing materials by most people. Those who live in colonial or ranch style homes will go in for wood shingles. Even with age, wood shingles turn a beautiful shade of silver or gray that looks gorgeous in the sunlight. There is however some downsides to installing wood shingles – they do not insulate the home very well, they are not fireproof, they require a lot of maintenance so that they can not leave their own lifetime of around 50 years and they are expensive.
Asphalt shinglees are very popular because they are inexpensive and are available in many colors to suit the rest of the house. They are easy to install, are extremely sturdy and can be insulated also. There are different thickness categories in asphalt shingles so tell your contractor to choose the right one for your home. Built tiles are modern addition to roofing materials and they can be made to resemble cedar shake or wood shingles. They are economic, come with adequate insulation and meet the necessary fire code standards.
Slate roofing provides a vintage look to a villa style residence and is a good choice in places prone to heavy snowfall and ice since it can shed these off the roof. However, slate is expensive and quite heavy; so, make sure the rest of the construction can withstand this extra weight. There is a new look-alike slate shingle that is less expensive, lighter and more compact, which many roofing contractors are suggesting to their clients. Metal roofs are available in low-end models and even high-end copper varieties.
Metal is a good choice for residences since it comes with excellent insulation, is easy to maintain and safer to use in areas prone to wild fires. Ceramic is a roofing material that is not often seen except in places influenced by Mediterranean-style architecture. Barrel tile, half cylinder and ceramic clay tile are the common types of ceramic roofing materials available. Ceramic roofs require a lot of heavy labor since they are difficult to install. Now that we have learned a bit about the different roofing materials available, we need to consider how to go about buying it.
The square footage of the roof needs to be accurately measured. This will vary depending on the shape of the roof – slanting or flat. Budget, weather conditions are some of the reasons for the choice of roofing material you want. Once you make the choice of material, visit different home improvement stores that sell this, compare quality, cost, and guarantee offered etc. Now, based on the area that needs to be covered, the right quantity of material can be purchased.
Almost all homeowners will hire a roofing contractor to help install the new roof. If they are remodeling a majority of their home, they can go for a home improvement contractor who will have different specialists working for him. The roofing contractor can help with measuring the roof, suggesting the best roofing material and also help with the actual purchase. Here, choosing the right roofing contractor is very important. First consider the changes to the roof you wish to make and the budget that you can afford. Next you can ask friends or family who have recently renovated their roof and get names of some good contractors.
If you do not have this information, look in the yellow page or the Internet and make a list of all the contractors in your area. Call each contractor and ask them details of their costs, work down and if they have the necessary license to operate in your state. Narrow down the list to not more than four, get price quotes from each of them and also try and visit some homes they have worked on recently. Ensure the price quote contains a break-up of all costs, timeline for completing the work and the kind of warranty they will offer. Make your final decision after much thought so that you get the best roof possible.