When you’re looking at a new roof you’re looking at the opportunity to choose the roofing materials that will give you the most quality for your money. There are a lot of materials on the market to choose from and what you end up choosing depends on a variety of factors including the pitch of the roof and the structure design of the building. After the roofing contractor examines your roof he can give you a pretty good idea about what kinds of materials are good matches for your home. Other things that you will need to take into consideration include fire safety, energy efficiency and snow buildup. Once you understand what your options are you need to look at the expenses. Asphalt is by far the cheapest material used for roofing and almost ninety percent of al residential housing units use it but the material isn’t going to last more than twenty years before it needs to be replaced.
Twenty years may be more than you need, after all today’s home owners are more mobile and buying a home doesn’t mean you’re stuck in a home for life like it once did. Still if you’re trying to stay environmentally friendly you might want to consider that in twenty years all of that roofing material will be in a landfill for a very long time. Other more eco friendly options include a slate roof which could last a hundred years or even a metal roof which can be applied over your current roof. Metal roofing is one of the few types of roofing that can safely go over the current roofing material without impacting the quality of your roofing job. It also keeps your current roofing materials out of the landfill which helps the current generation and the environment.
Once you have a good understanding about what type of roof you have, what options you have and what you want it is time to find a roofer to put it all together. Don’t skimp on the roofing contractor, the best materials wont hold up if the workmanship is lousy. Finding a roofer with a good reputation and roots in the community is vital. There are a few ways to find a roofer that should eliminate finding a bad apple. The best approach is to use a consumer based web site like Angie’s List because the business reviews are written by current and former clients of the business. Once you find a web site that is local look for the type of business you’re interested in and find the top rated performers. It’s pretty easy to separate the roofers by the overall grade they have been given and just pick the A rated contractors to interview.
The hard part of the job is over. You found your roofing contractor with a good reputation and decide on your roofing materials, now the only thing left to do is get the job done and enjoy your new roof.