Roof Buying Guide

The longevity and performance of the roof vary widely depending on the roofing brands and types. There are some important that should be accounted for when buying a new roof. They include the following

Costs

The cost of the entire roof should be determined. The roofing is sold regarding square feet. It is, therefore, important to determine the size of the roofing needed. The number of squares needed will be used in determining the cost of the roof.

Watch the warranty

The new roof should have a warranty which covers the replacement of any defective roof. Most of the warranties offered include the full reimbursement of all the materials as well as the installation for a specified period. The warranty does not cover damages caused by winds exceeding 85 mph. Besides, they do not cover faulty installation. Instead, you should ask for a labor warranty from your roof installer. All the invoices and receipts should be saved for future references when claiming the warranty.

The solar factor

You can install your roofing at the same time with the solar panels if you intend to go solar. You should consult a structural engineer to access the condition of your roof. The Engineer will determine the amount of weight which can be supported by your roof. The roofing manufacturer should also be consulted before installing a solar system on the rooftop. This is done to ensure that the warranty of the roof is not affected.

Fire rating

You should select roofing which has a high fire rating. Class A is the best since it has the highest rating when it comes to fire rating.

Types of roofing material

There are different types of roofing materials. One must weigh the aesthetics of the roof against costs when doing the installation of the roof. The roofing materials vary regarding prices and grades. You need to choose a roof which is within your budget. These are some of the roofing types that you should consider

Metal roofing

These are roofs made from aluminum, steel, alloy strips, and copper. These roofs are designed in various textures and shapes. The copper roof is more expensive as compared to the rest but most people find it attractive. Metallic roofs are light in weight, and they can be installed easily. Also, they help in making the house cooler by reflecting away the sun’s rays.

Slate roofing shingles

These are roofs made from composite materials. The materials used in making these roofs include rubber, polymers, and clay. These materials are combined in different proportions.

Asphalt roofing shingles

This is the most popular roofing material. This roofing is made using fiberglass which has been sandwiched between ceramic granules and asphalt. These roofs are easy to install and are relatively light as compare to the other types of roofing materials.