If you’re adding roofing to a new construction or replacing the roofing on your current home, the first and most important decision to consider is what type of roofing material to use. The material you choose will depend on several factors, including your home’s architecture, aesthetic design, and energy efficiency needs.
When you’re choosing your roofing, it’s very important that carefully consider this decision. Roof replacements aren’t easy, and they aren’t cheap, so this decision can’t be easily reversed. At A & B Roofing Co., our professional Missoula roofing contractors can work with you to make this decision.
Here are a few tips to help you decide on the right roofing material for your home:
1. Your Home’s Architecture
The first factor you should consider is the architecture of your home. Specifically, the “pitch” of your roof is very important. The pitch is simply the angle that your Missoula home’s roof is set at. If you have a higher pitch, your roof is constructed at a steeper angle—a roof with a lower pitch is flatter. This is important because one of the main functions of your roof is to help your home shed water. If you have a lower pitch, you’ll need a roofing material that can help your roof shed water more efficiently.
Also look at the placement of any pipes, chimneys, or roof intersections (where two downward slopes of the roof meet). These create breaks in your roofing, and the more of them there are, the more difficult—and most likely, more expensive—the roofing job will be. So take this into consideration during your initial budgeting for the job.
2. Your Home’s Aesthetic Design
The appearance of your home is another important factor in roof replacement. It’s not unusual for homeowners to have their roof replaced exclusively for this reason. Take into consideration how your new roofing material will look alongside the aesthetic design of your Missoula home. Cedar shakes, for instance, may not be a great match for a Southern Colonial style home. But cedar shakes are a great option for many homes and can an up-scale rustic look. Asphalt shingles are probably the most versatile type of roofing when it comes to aesthetics. Which brings us to…
3. Cost and Efficiency
Asphalt shingles are the least expensive of all roofing materials, which, in part, is why they’re the most popular. Cost is definitely a huge part of your decision, and depending on your budget, it could be the most important. But it’s important as well to consider the efficiency of the material.
Asphalt shingles won’t last as long as other materials, so they’ll need to be replaced and repaired more frequently. Concrete roofing, on the other hand, may cost more upfront, but will save you a ton on repairs and replacement. That means that you can end up spending less in the long-run by paying more upfront.