Most people who have to choose a roof covering do not have the technical knowledge or experience in this type of purchasing, so they will have to gather information and talk to specialists to make sure that they will make the right choice and avoid premature problems with their roof.
It should be remembered that the execution of the roof structure together with the costs of materials and labor consumes a large part of the budget, both in the case of building a new roof and renovating an existing roof. Therefore, it is worthwhile to make sure that the choice of roofing material is well thought out. A good roof will protect the building for many years without any problems resulting from a wrong selected material.
The choice of roofing material should be made according to the appropriate criteria and after a long process of information. You have to take into account many factors, including the aesthetic factor (if the material matches the design and facade of the house and the neighborhood, in general), and, of course, the costs must be taken into account.
One mistake many people make is choosing a material that is unsuitable for the roof’s resistance structure. For example, ceramic tile is a heavy cover and may require additional works for reinforcing the existing structure. Metal roofs, on the other hand, are significantly lighter, but tend to have a more rigid, industrial aspect that may not be appreciated by any building owner.
The slope of the roof
When planning the choice of roofing materials, you should know the basic parameters of the roof, i.e. the angle of inclination of the roof slope. Manufacturers always mention in the product sheet what is the maximum and minimum angle of inclination of the roof.
Climatic factors and energy efficiency
Climatic conditions in your region – e.g. the frequency of storms, the intensity of snow and the risk of accumulations over several days etc. have a decisive impact on the choice of roofing materials. Some materials work better in certain climates than others, because they provide different levels of protection when it comes to withstanding the elements, as well as different levels of thermal insulation.
Noise attenuation efficiency
Roof coverings also differ from each other by their efficiency in noise attenuation. From this point of view, solid roofing materials such as concrete and ceramic tiles are the best. The acoustic performance of a roof must be taken into account especially if the attic is transformed into living space.
Ease of installation
Roofing materials also differ in terms of ease of transporting, handling and installation. Professional and experienced Sarasota roofers will install any material safely, but materials that are more difficult to handle and require high precision and skill may considerably increase the cost of the roofing project.
Local building codes
Building codes and restrictions are not the same in every state, so you should get familiar with them. You will find out, for example, that some roofing materials are prohibited if you live in an area at risk of tornados.
If you plan to stay in your home for most of your life or remain the owner of a commercial building for many years, you should consider a premium quality roof, with a longer lifespan. The initial investment will be higher, but it will bring you a proper ROI.