When building a new home, or just renovating your current one, you have many options available when it comes to choosing a new roof. The sheer number of materials, finishes and installation methods available give homeowners more ways to make their roof perfectly fit their home’s style than ever before. Here are a few tips and criteria to consider when you’re trying to choose the perfect roof to meet your needs.
Make it Durable
There are a number of natural materials, like slate and wood, as well as manufactured products, like asphalt and metal, which can be used as roofing material. While aesthetics are important, a large factor in your decision when buying a new roof should be durability and longevity.
Wood and slate are beautiful materials, but their appearance comes at the sacrifice of higher cost and reduced durability. Slate is very expensive and, while it can last for quite a long time, is only designed for steep-sloped roofs and requires a specialist to install. Wood has a beautiful, natural look, but has poor fire resistance and a short lifespan.
Man-made materials tend to be both durable and cheap. Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing and are particularly cost-effective. However, they’re made from petroleum and aren’t very eco-friendly. Metal roofing is slightly more expensive, but lasts longer, is lightweight, is unequaled in energy-efficiency attributes and can be made from recycled materials.
There are even a number of metal shingle options available that are made to look like other materials, so you can enjoy the many benefits of metal roofing without sacrificing the aesthetic you desire.
Select Your Style
If you do go with a metal roofing solution, you’ll have the opportunity to choose exactly what look you’d like for your home. Some metal shingle options include hewn stone and wooden “shake” roofing; both styles create a more modern appearance of a rustic classic. If you want your home to look like a Spanish villa, metal shingles can be purchased that imitate clay tile.
In addition to the roofing material, you have the ability to choose the shape of your roof:
- Skillion roofs are made of a single sloping surface and give the house a very modern look.
- Arched roofs are usually only used on a portion of the home, but add a unique touch and allow for some creative window options as well.
- Flat roofs offer a distinct, contemporary look. Their only downside is that debris collects on top of them fairly easily.
There are many other types and styles available; all you have to do is research and find the perfect fit for you and your home.
Metal Roofing in Alabama
Metal Roofing Headquarters is committed to providing Alabama residents with quality roofing systems. We use only premium materials, meticulous processes and experienced craftsmen to bring you the finest metal roof. You can rely on our professional team to help you with the initial design process to final construction. Contact us today for a free quote.