The basic structure of a home can usually be completed in less than a month, depending on the size and complexity of the structure. While the skeleton of a home, what professionals refer to as the frame, usually goes up quite quickly, it is not until the structure of a roof is in place until a house really starts to look like a home. As with any building, the roof is a very important part of your home as it provides structural strength and will periodically shield your family and belongings from whatever weather Mother Nature throws your way.
Not unexpectedly, homeowners take this seriously. Whether you are constructing a new house or replacing your old roof after years of living in a home, there are a wide range of systems available to you. So, what kind of system should you choose for your house? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question, and many factors should be carefully considered before you decide what kind of roof to build. In most cases, you should speak to a professional roofing contractor to determine the best system with respect to the function of the roof and how it will match the style of your home, but also with respect to your budget.
Actually, cost is often the main factor that determines the roofing system on residential and commercial properties. Moreover, there are a heap of factors that can impact the cost of a new roof. The price of the material is an obvious factor, but also the condition of your existing roof, the shape, and the number of fixtures (chimneys, skylights, turrets, etc.) will affect your bottom line. For example, if an old roof needs to be removed entirely, this will increase your cost as will a roof with multiple pitches or breaks. Neverheless, regardless of your budget, you can usually work with a roofing expert to determine a roof that will be safe and durable.
Beyond cost, most choices of roofing systems will come down to the materials. Throughout North America, many homes feature asphalt shingle, wood or shake shingles, metal materials, tile, or even slate roofing materials. The cost for each of these systems will vary, and depending on the climate in your region, each system offers various benefits.
Asphalt Shingles are by far the most commonly used roofing materials because they are inexpensive, easy to install, and provide excellent protection.
Wood roofs were the material of choices for centuries, and wood still makes for excellent roofing systems. Cedar, redwood, and southern pine are great choices for wood shingles, and for an attractive roof. Unfortunately, in some regions, fire codes prohibit the use of wood roofing shingles.
Metal roofs are usually constructed from aluminum, steel, or copper and are a great option for durable, fire resistant roofing systems. On the other hand, metal roofs are generally more expensive than asphalt or wood roofs.
Tile roofs are popular because of their Spanish Colonial styling. These roofs are durable, but expensive and heavy.
Slate is becoming a very popular option because these roofing systems are extremely durable. While heavy and expensive, slate roofs do not last a lifetime.
Choosing what roofing system is best for you requires that you need to consider your climate, your budget, and your style preferences. Always consult with your roofing professional to choose the best roofing system for your home.