When you’re faced with imminent residential roof repairs or a roof replacement, it can be difficult to figure out what your best course of action is. Your home might desperately need a roof replacement, and you’ll have to make some major decisions. Whom will you to turn to? What materials do you want to use?
Most importantly, where do you even start?
We suggest that before you start looking up professional roofers or getting quotes, you determine what type of roofing material you want for your home. To narrow down your many options to one or two roofing types, consider these factors first:
- How much you want to spend: A roof with few or no breaks (like from a chimney, pipes, or dormers) will be a simpler roofing job. Labor costs should go down, meaning you could comfortably afford to spend more on materials. However, if you do have many breaks on your roof, you’re looking at a higher price tag. Furthermore, some materials cost more upfront while costing less to maintain and vice versa. When considering cost, you want to think about both immediate costs and long-term affordability in order to come up with a budget that makes you comfortable.
- Structure of roof: Not every single roof can handle certain types of materials. Some materials are heavier than others, which means the roof shape has to be able to sustain the weight. Other materials are mainly appropriate for flat roofs, while still more are appropriate only for sloped roofs. You’ll need an expert to assess your roof for proper installation.
- Durability: Most homeowners want to avoid roof repairs for as long as possible, so choosing the most durable material you can afford is always a good idea. You also want to consider what are the biggest threats your roof will face. A roof that must stand up to snowstorms has very different needs than one that needs to be proof against hurricane-force winds and hail.
- Aesthetics: Some people want a roof that is unique and makes their home look beautiful. In these cases, homeowners can look to wooden roofs or shingles. Others want a roof that enhances the architectural style of the house. People who own a Spanish, Italian, or Mediterranean style home will want to consider Spanish tiles for that reason, while homes that are ultra-modern in style might do well with a metal roof or even a flat roof.
As you consider the different materials before you, it’s all about balance. If durability is your ultimate concern, you might want to opt for a metal or slate roof. Few materials stand up better to the elements than these. However, if you’re more concerned with cost, asphalt shingles might be the way to go. And of course, depending on the structural strength of your home and type of roof you have (sloped or flat), some materials might not even be realistic options.
Luckily, selecting materials for your roof can be made simple with the right roofing contractor by your side. Any roofing company can tell you what they can do, but do they ever really offer all the options? At Roof Repair Squad, we make sure to offer a wide range of roofing options for our customers, including shingle, metal, slate, spanish tile, and flat roofs. When a roofing company limits you to only one or two choices, it can be upsetting and make you think twice about working with that company. But we’ll tell you exactly what we’re able to do for your home and what your options are.
We’re proud to work on roof installations and replacements in Katy, TX; Sugar Land, TX; The Woodlands, TX; Friendswood, TX; and the entire Houston, TX area. To get started, call us today!