What type of roofing should you purchase?

Roofing Types

Roofing your home is not a small task and it isn’t a task that should be taken lightly. If you’re anticipating a roof replacement in the near future, you might find it useful to do a little research on roofing materials & colors before you decide to re-roof your home. Issues such as how they impact the aesthetic look of a home and also how they impact the temperature inside the home should be considered. Longevity should also impact your decision, as quite often spending a bit more up front might save you a large amount of money later. One thing to keep in mind is that a bundle of Brand X installed by one roofing company is exactly the same material as the same brand installed by another roofing company. Compare apples to apples to make sure you’re getting the exact product you think you’re getting. Many products “look” the same but are definitely not of the same quality. For example, CertainTeed’s Presidential product is a very popular choice among consumers. That said several of the competing manufacturers have tried to duplicate the Presidential look. Make sure that if Presidential is what you really want that Presidential is what you get, not a look a like.

Roofing Materials That You Like

Roofing materials come in a wide variety of styles and colors. Drive around your neighborhood and find a few samples of roofing products & colors you like. Ask your contractor to identify those roofs for you so that you can be sure you’re getting a roof you like. One thing to keep in mind, the same roofing material can look very different on a house that has a steep sloped roof versus a house that does not. If your home has flat roofing you will in almost every case not even be able to see it from the curb. Lower sloped roofs require flat roofing materials even though some of them will still have some slope. In an ideal world, all roofs would have enough slope for water to flow freely off of the roof as opposed to sitting on the roof. It doesn’t require a lot of slope for water to flow.

Roofing colors have an impact on the look of the roof as well as the temperature of the space underneath it. Once you’ve determined which roofing type you like, you’ll need to determine the color. Here is a link to an article in the NY Times regarding light colored roofing and their impact on energy savings and the environment.

Roofing a flat surface must be done properly as the water tends want to stay on a flat roof rather than flow off like it does on a pitched roof. If you have a need to install a flat roofing material, here is a link to a video from IB Roof Systems which you might find helpful as well. IB Roof Systems carry a lifetime warranty on a residential dwelling. IB Roofing Color Samples.

image of Sample of IB Roofing in White

Sample of IB Roofing in White

Roofing Longevity – Return On Investment

Roofing materials installed today are projected to last longer than the roofing products installed in years past. The decision you make selecting your roofing material will have a longer impact on your home and budget than it once did. If you’re unsure of something ask your roofing contractor to assist you in finding the answers rather than just picking a roof and regretting it for many years to come.

image of CertainTeed Presidential Country Gray

CertainTeed Presidential Country Gray Image

Roofing is not rocket science but it is also not something that someone with little experience should attempt either. More often than not if we find a roofing leaks it was caused by either an improper installation or a lack of maintenance.

We hope this blog article has been helpful to you. If we can be of assistance to you in any way please don’t hesitate to contact us for your roofing needs. Please visit our Facebook page, we hope you “Like” what you see. If you’d like to be alerted when we do a new blog article follow us on Twitter.

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