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The Art of Finding the Perfect Roof for Your Humble Abode

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 01 November 2017 13:13
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Durability and design are just two of the many things that you need to consider when looking for the right roof for your home. While it’s the last thing that we see when we look at a house, the wrong color, material, or design on the roof can easily break the aesthetic, or the look that you want to achieve for your home.

Here, we listed a couple of things that you need to know before browsing through the aisles at the hardware store and picking the wrong roof:

How Much Is It?

Setting a budget beforehand will save you from a lot of heartache in the future, trust us on that. You need to know how much the materials will cost you, and know that most of the times, add-ons such as design and color changes or even installation will require an additional fee. It’s also a different discussion when you are remodeling your house. The metal roofing company will ask you to settle a certain fee for removing the original roofing, and another fee for the installation. While those charges are understandable as they are labor intensive, it’s still best to know these things so you can prepare the money, and so you won’t be surprised when the time comes that you need to settle the bill.

All About the Square

Once you’ve made a decision as to how much you’re willing to spend on the roofing, you can start looking for the materials. Metal roofing contractors  will talk to you in squares, which is their basic unit of measurement. A square is equivalent to one hundred square feet. It’s important that you know this because if you measure in square feet and the metal roofing company measures in squares, you will have difficulty computing the total expenses.

Know Your Materials

Before you go off buying every single material that you can find, know that different types of roofs require different types of materials. For example, if you wish to have roofs that are made up of tiles, you must first have a structure that is sturdy enough to carry the load. Here are some materials that can be used for the roof:


This material has been used for centuries and it remains a classic choice even to this day. Southern pine, cedar, or redwood is usually the top wood choices for roofing since they have a long life expectancy (25 years). The downside however, is that these materials are costly.


Among all available roofing materials, the slate is the most durable as it has proven over and over that it can stand the tests of time – it can even last longer than the fasteners that secure it in place. As a matter of fact, slates that are over a hundred years old are even recycled so they can be reinstalled.  You do need to account for the weight; most homes cannot support the weight without a major rebuild.

Asphalt Shingle

One good thing about asphalt shingles is that they are not too expensive. Aside from being affordable, they also don’t require a specific set of skills to be installed that’s why it’s the most common material on the marketplace.

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Copper, steel, and aluminum are the most recommended materials among metal roofing contractors. Metal roofing is extremely durable, and is a roof to consider for longevity, most type of metal roofs today will last over 100 years.

Final Thought

It’s true that there are so many things that need to be looked into when researching what type of roofing you desire on your home. It may be tedious, but the experience can be fun as long as you find professionals that have you

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