A new roof represents a major investment, so you naturally want to make sure that you select just the right roof. Effects to consider before installing a roof are the options available to you. In fact, there have never been so many different choices in roofing systems. Here are a few things you should consider before selecting a new roof.
Things to Consider Before Installing a Roof
In the United States, asphalt shingles dominate the market. However, there are many different styles of asphalt shingles. The basic three-tab style is the most popular and the least expensive, but you can also find architectural and designer asphalt shingles to match any style of structure. In recent years, metal roofing systems have been giving asphalt shingles some serious competition; metal roofs are extremely long-lasting, provide excellent protection against fires and come in a variety of styles and colors.
Slope of Roof
The slope of your roof should be considered when selecting materials. The lower the slope, the slower water will drain from the roof. This can play a role in the selection of guttering, flashing and other roof accessories. You should also take slope into account when visualizing how a particular roofing system will look. For example, architectural shingles are typically more attractive on a roof that has adequate slope and less attractive on a small roof that has little slope.
Things to consider before installing a roof is providing material that has adequate support or the roof can fail. You need to make sure that the building’s rafters and trusses are capable of supporting the weight of the roofing system that you select.
Local Building Codes or Homeowners’ Association Regulations
Local building codes typically address safety issues, such as the number of layers of shingles that a roof may have. However, they may also require that roof coverings meet specific standards for fire resistance. Homeowners’ associations are usually more concerned about appearance. Their regulations may require a specific type of roof or limit the choices of colors.
Selecting a Contractor
Not all roofing contractors are equally skilled. Another to consider before installing a roof is to make sure that you choose a contractor with experience and training in the specific system that you want. Ask for references and take the time to check them.
With more than 30 years of experience, Alpha Roofing has gained a reputation for excellence in the metropolitan Austin area and throughout Central Texas. Our dedicated crews install and repair roofs and rooftop accessories, such as gutters, flashing and skylights. We offer quality work at competitive rates to both residential and commercial property owners. You can request a free estimate by completing our online form, or if you prefer, you can call 512-777-1086 to discuss your project in more detail.