Do you need a new roof installed? If you’re not sure what style of roof would complement your home’s exterior, or what type of roofing materials would hold up during extreme weather, conditions it would be a good idea to discuss your options with a roofing contractor.
What Survey Participants Have to Say About Roofing
The results of a recent consumer survey found that both durability and longevity are important. When deciding which type of new roof to purchase, durability was at the top of the list for 88% of the participants. Longevity was also important, of course, and 83% of the participants indicated that this was a factor in their decision on which type of new roofing material to purchase.
Aesthetics and Curb Appeal
Aesthetics is also an important consideration when considering roofing materials. Since roofs provide around 40% of a typical home’s exterior structure, the overall visual effect can make a difference in its curb appeal. If you’re planning to sell your home in the near future, this, along with quality landscaping, can make a difference in how long it’s on the market.
Energy-Efficiency and Roofing
Energy consumption is also an important factor when considering a new roof installation. When you choose the right type of roofing for your house, you may be able to save as much as 30% on your home energy needs and bills. If you have an attic, you also want to make sure that it is well insulated. In this way, warm and/or cool air doesn’t escape due to drafts.
Steep-Slope Roofing Systems
If you have a steep-slope roof, or a roof that slants 25% or more, then you’ll need these components:
- Roof covering
- Roof structure
It’s important to note that when you have roof slopes that are less than 2:12, you shouldn’t have asphalt shingles installed.
Asphalt Shingle Roof Installation
This type of roofing is popular throughout the United States. About 4 out of 5 homes have asphalt shingle roofs. While it does depend on the climate where you live, asphalt shingle roofs usually have a lifespan or 20 to 50 years. Furthermore, when you have a new asphalt shingle roof installed, you may receive a return on your investment of approximately 62%. In other words, this type of roof may also increase your home’s value, which can make a difference when you’re planning to sell or refinance it.
Metal Roof Installation
When you live in an area that experiences inclement weather, roofing contractors will usually recommend that you have a metal roof. These roofs can protect against hail as well as wind damage. This is because metal roofs have a 140 mile per hour wind rating, which can protect your home from major storm damage.
The Importance of Regular Roof Inspections and Maintenance
In order to ensure that your roof is intact, it’s important to have it regularly inspected. Experts recommend that this should be done once or twice a year under normal circumstances.
If your area experiences inclement weather, or you have standing water or debris collecting on your roof, then it’s important to have it inspected more frequently. A roofing contractor can also provide any necessary repairs or maintenance requirements.