What to consider
If you’re thinking about buying a new roof, be prepared to pick from possibilities that range from the familiar to materials you never knew existed.
Here’s what you need to consider before making a commitment to a new roof:
The slope of your roof’s surface is a consideration that may eliminate some roofing possibilities, especially if the slope is low.
The prevalent weather conditions in your area also need to be factored in when it comes to finding the right roof for you. The temperature, amount of rain and need for ventilation are all to be considered when making that important investment.
The weight of roofing materials is always a concern because the structural framing of a roof is only designed to carry a certain amount of weight. If you choose a material that, combined with the substructure, will exceed that limit, you’ll need to beef-up the framing.
Because installing a roof is an expensive, disruptive job, it’s usually worth it to pay more for materials that have longer life spans—especially if you intend to remain in the house for a long period of time.