Which Roofing Material is Right For Your Home?
When you're having the roofing of your Plymouth home replaced, the first and important decision you'll have to make is which type of roofing material to use. Your choice should depend on your home's aesthetic style, your budget, and your energy efficiency needs. Since this job cannot be redone very easily (or very cheaply), it's a decision that requires very careful consideration.
The professional roofing contractors at Cazeault Roofing & Solar of Plymouth County can help you make this decision while we're performing a roof replacement, but here are a few of the things you should keep in mind when you're choosing a roofing material:
Your Home's Architectural Design
First, take a look at a how your Plymouth home is built. The angle of your roof, which is called the "pitch", is the most important factor to consider. An important function of your roof is shedding water, and the pitch help with that.
Some roofing materials shed water more easily than other, so if your roof has a lower pitch, you won't need that extra help.
You should also check for any pipes or chimney that come out of your roof, and for any roof intersections, or places where two downward angles of the roofing meet. These things can make a roofing installation more complicated and difficult, which can make it more expensive, so it's important to take note of them when you're working out your initial budget for the job.
The Aesthetic Design of Your Home
You should consider how the roofing material you choose will match the existing aesthetic style of your Plymouth home. It might not be a good idea, for instance, to put cedar shakes on a southern colonial home.
On the other hand, asphalt shingles will work with almost any type of architecture. And speaking of asphalt shingles, you also want to consider…
Cost and Efficiency
Asphalt shingles are the least expensive roofing material you can choose, which is part of why they're so popular. Cost is an important factor in your decision, and depending on your budget, it can increase in importance.
But remember that some cheaper materials won't last as long as more expensive ones. So you may end up saving money in the long-run by spending more upfront.
Asphalt shingles will cost less upfront, but need more repairs than other materials, although these repairs are typically cheaper than they’d be for other materials. And metal roofing, for instance, will cost you more upfront, but rarely need any repairs or maintenance, and can last a lifetime.
Overview of Roofing Materials
- Asphalt shingleshave a shorter lifespan than most roofing materials, but they’re also inexpensive and easy to replace. If you’re on a budget, they’re probably your best choice.
- Cedar shakesare more expensive but can last for up to 30 years. They can be stained or painted, and depending on the home, they can be very attractive.
- Concrete tile is increasing in popularity. It’s very durable, long-lasting, and can help with the energy efficiency of your home.
- Metal roofingis available in several different types of metal. If it’s properly installed, it can make your home much more energy efficient. It’s very easy to clean, will require almost no maintenance, and will last a lifetime.