Tuesday, 27 October 2015

My Golden Rules for Choosing a New Roof

Lots of small changes can make a significant difference to your home. But sometimes you need to make a bigger change. I love big changes because they can be a lot of fun, but I also dread them because they're usually expensive! Sometimes they're necessary, though, like when you need to replace your roof. It's possible to keep repairing a roof for a while, but eventually you have to give up and admit you need a new one. If you have to replace your existing roof, I have some great tips on how to pick the right one for you. It doesn't have to look exactly like your old one, so you get to have some fun.


Photo source: McKay Savage

Talk to Roofing Contractors

If you have no idea where to start, talking to some roofing contractors can help you. They can let you know what they can do for you, and which options are best. You can also ask them to give you a rough quote, although make sure you get them from a few different people. Sugar Land Roofing Services, for example, will tell you about the materials you can have for your roof and the installation process. They can discuss what's most appropriate in terms of practicality so that you can get started thinking about how you want it to look.

Cost

Even though I wish that I didn't have to think about the price of things, I know that how much your roof costs is important. In fact, it's one of the first things you need to consider, unless you have a lot of money to spare. There are a few things that will make a difference to the cost of your roof. The material you choose is one of them, since some are more expensive than others. The size of your roof is important too, and so is the shape. You also need to consider your existing roof, and how much work it will take to remove. Don't forget that you're making a long-term investment. You might save some money now, but what if you have to replace the roof again in 20 years?

Roof Materials

There are a number of different materials you can consider for your new roof. They all have their pros and cons, both in terms of looks and practicality. For example, you could use asphalt shingle, which is commonly used. It's inexpensive and easier to install than other materials, lasting between 15 and 25 years. You could also use wood, metal, tile, slate or cement. Tile roofing can come in concrete or clay. You have to consider each option based on your needs, as well as your wants. Do you need extra storm protection? Perhaps you live in an area where a wooden roof wouldn't be practical. How long do you want your roof to last? Think about these issues before you make a decision.

Don't choose your roof just based on what looks good. It's important to consider all the practical aspects of it too.



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