Have you ever seen a kindergartner draw a house? It may not be an artistic masterpiece… but with just a square and a triangle, you can tell it’s a house. Which also means that even the child knows that the roof of a home is important.
Whether you are building a new home or making renovations on your current house, making the best choice for your roof is pivotal. So how do you figure out which roof is best for your home?
Here are 5 tips to help you choose the best new roof for your home:
1 Consider your lifestyle
Before you even begin browsing the internet for ideas, think about the lifestyle and longevity of your home. Will you be living there for a long time, or do you plan to move in the next few years? Also, what kind of weather (rain/snow/heavy winds) does your roof need to be prepared for? These are important questions to ask before you start researching the various roof styles and materials.
2 Don’t sacrifice functionality for “how it looks”
If you type in phrases like “choosing a roof type” in Google, Bing, or any other search engine, several articles will come up about the colors and aesthetics of a roof. While this can be the easiest part of browsing for ideas, it is definitely not the most important. The most important choice of a roof is functionality. How will it protect you and your family? You’ll want to carefully consider the materials and durability over everything else. We’re not saying how the roof looks isn’t important. It is. But first, try talking to a professional to help you find out the best options for your home.
3 Learn about the different types of materials
Research is an important part of the roof shopping process. The main materials for roofs include asphalt, slate, wood and metal. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages (cost, durability, length of life), so be sure to read up on each. We also, once again, recommend that you get help from a professional roofing company… otherwise you will likely spend more money than you wanted to, or end up with a sub-par product that doesn’t suit your home.
4 Read your warranty
Warranties are important. However, most homeowners don’t take the time to read or even ask about them. The warranty on roofing materials is different from the service warranty. You’ll want to know about each one before making a decision.
5 Schedule an inspection with a professional
Once you’ve done your research, call HammerHead Roof. Make a list of any questions, and even photos you’ve found on Pinterest, etc. that you think might work best with your house. Having a professional roofing general contractor can help you find the best option to protect your home… and your peace of mind.