Maintaining the integrity of your roof is one of the most important tasks in protecting your home, but if a complete replacement is necessary, don’t worry! With proper research and confident decision making, you will find a cost-efficient, energy-efficient, and sustainable solution that adds to the aesthetic appeal of your home.

Just like replacing your windows  or front door, replacing your roof is essential to maximizing the beauty, safety, and efficiency of your home.

Common Materials Compared

There are more options than ever for roofing materials, and each option comes with its own advantages. Is the energy efficiency of your new roof its most important functionality? Maybe you are looking for the option that will come with the lowest maintenance?  Choosing a priority is the first step in finding the material that will fit your project best.

There are three general categories of roofing material which include most options: metal, natural materials, and synthetic materials. Each category has unique properties and advantages.

Metal roofs have been gaining popularity. Aluminum or steel are both among the most durable choices, in addition to being fireproof. Being so long lasting they are a great investment, the trade-off being they are typically more expensive during installation. These are typically going to be used for industrial projects such as warehouses or sheds, but it can also make a very attractive choice on a bump-out for a bay window addition.

Natural materials include a variety of options, like wood, slate, and clay/ceramic. These are beautiful additions to any home but can be difficult to repair. If you are replacing the roof of an older home and want to maintain its historic appearance, a natural material may be your best bet.

Roofs of synthetic compositions are the most popular. Options like rolled asphalt and composition tile or shingles are lightweight, cheap, and durable.  These qualities make synthetic roofs the top choice for quick and inexpensive roof replacement projects.

In each of these categories, you can find eco-friendly choices, and they don’t have to break the bank either. As Laura Gaskill writes for Houzz “From recycled products to simply choosing a lighter color in traditional roofing material, there is a green option to fit just about every budget.”

Matching Your Taste and Budget

Your home is as unique as you are, and your choice of material should help make that individuality shine. All it takes is research and some creative inspiration to choose your winner and begin renovation.

Natural materials are often considered the most visually appealing options for replacing your roof, and they are also extremely durable. Slate is a fantastic choice for a homeowner who wants to spare no expense in beautifying their home.

Depending on your taste, a wood, clay, or slate roof may be too old fashioned for your home. Synthetic and metal roofing materials come in many sleek and modern options to satisfy contemporary architecture buffs.

Prioritizing and Compromising

Replacing your roof can be a daunting task. Asses your budget honestly, be realistic about your priorities, and have fun with your options. With so many choices you can be certain that the perfect fit for your renovation is within reach.

We hope this overview has been helpful as you research your options. We would love to speak with you more about your roofing options to help you make the right choice for your home and budget.

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