Consider These Points When Choosing The Material For Your New Roof

13 March 2017
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Do you live in an area that has peculiar weather? If so and it is time to get your roof replaced, you may wonder what you should look for in your new roofing material. Seasonal issues, as well as your budget, will likely impact your final decision. The following are a few points to keep in mind.

Materials

There are numerous roofing materials on the market. Some cheaper materials can even be manufactured to mimic more expensive roofing materials. You may have to resort to choosing a material that you can afford versus a material that is a long-term investment. For example, you can expect to pay more for a metal roof than an asphalt shingle roof, but metal roofs are more durable and last significantly longer than asphalt roofs. Metal roofs also offer homeowners energy savings.

Warranties

Your roofing material will likely come with a warranty. Some roofing suppliers offer extended warranties for an additional cost. You may wonder if buying the extra coverage is worth it. Consider the weather in your area. For example, if you experience gusty winds in your area, your roofing material might be prone to blowoffs, which means additional warranty coverage is ideal. You should also consider if you plan to sell your home in a few years. The extended warranty on the roof could be a perk that attracts buyers. Also, keep in mind that the last thing you would want to do is have to make roofing repairs to sell your home or reduce your selling price. Even if there are no plans to sell, opting for the extended warranty ensures that you get a few extra years out of your new roof. 

Rubber Underlayment

This is an option you have when it is time to install your roof. A rubber underlayment is an ideal feature if you live in an area that has freezing temperatures during the winter. You may have noticed homes in your area have ice dams, which are heavy enough to place a strain on roofing materials. Rubber underlayment can reduce the chances of you getting ice dams during the winter, which will also protect your roof against potential water damage that ice dams can cause.

A roofing contractor, like Regency Roofing, is a good resource to use to determine more things you need to consider when choosing your roofing material. They can also offer advice regarding the best roofing materials for homes in your area based on the climate and your aesthetic preferences.