Choosing the right roofing materials for your home might not be the most exciting way to spend your time but sooner or later you’ll need a new roof. That’s why it’s important to understand what you’re getting into (or under) so you can maximize the return on your investment.What you basically need to know is that there are a range of roofing choices available to you, each with their own attributes. The important point here is that these options allow you to tailor your choice based on what factor is most important to you, be it budget, longevity, style or a combination of all three.
Typically, lower-cost roofing comes with a shorter lifespan while more expensive roofing has greater longevity. The trick is finding the right balance between those characteristics. You should also be aware of the fact that the roof covering (the shingles or sheet metal) is part of a larger roofing system.
That system includes other important items like sheathing, underlayment, flashing and similar provisions necessary for a leak-proof roof. Proper insulation and ventilation also play an important role in the roofing system. A good roof protects everything underneath it. Paying close attention to what’s available and how they perform will serve you well in getting a roof that’s durable, long lasting and economical too.
Knowing what’s available is your first step toward making the right roofing choice. There are tried-and-true roofing materials made from a variety of materials, some which have been around for centuries. Others aren’t so old and take advantage of newer technologies that offer traditional looks while aiming for lower cost and/or better performance.