Building a new home requires a lot of planning. From construction site work, to designing elements, to hiring the right contractors, to deciding which materials would be best suited for the job, there is much to do! One of the key elements to take into consideration is which roofing material would be most appropriate for the new home. The roof of a home is equally as important as the foundation. Roofing plays an important role as it provides protection for the property, your family, weather conditions as well as outside intrusions.

Factors to consider when choosing roofing materials

Apart from the available budget, personal preference, and physical design of the home, there are several other factors to consider when deciding on the right roofing material.

Longevity

The service life of a roof is an important factor in the selection of roofing materials. Different roofing materials have different lifespans. Consider what your goal is in building your home. Do you intend to sell the house or live in it. Certain materials have a much longer lifespan than others, such as slate, metal, and tile roofs. Over the years, a home’s roof is often stressed by weather conditions such as direct sunlight, storms, or snow. Replacing a roof is an expensive proposition. Making the right choice at an early stage can save a lot of money in the future.

Cost

This is the second option to consider. What is the budget for roofing? The price of roofing materials will vary depending on factors such as production cost, quality, and brand. It goes without saying, but high-quality material that is durable is often more expensive. Shingles are a relatively inexpensive roofing material that looks great and has a relatively long life span in comparison to other materials.

Climate

Different areas have different climate conditions. Coastal climate conditions may differ quite substantially from inland coastal climate conditions. Some areas experience heavy rainfall or snowfall, while other locations may experience storms that wreak havoc on the home. Areas that experience higher levels of humidity may be more prone to things like mold, moss, or mildew. Also, if the area experiences more rainfall, consider roofing that slopes to allow water to run down.

Weight and resilience

The structural design may be negatively impacted by heavier roofing materials. As a home ages, the structural design will lose its strength. It is important to keep this in mind when selecting a roofing material.  In addition, if a home is built in an area that experiences extreme weather conditions, it is important to take into account the resilience of the roofing material.

Maintenance

Certain roofing materials last longer and require less maintenance. Other roofing materials may require more maintenance. Consider what your budget is for maintenance and how often this will be required by the specific chosen roofing material. In addition, there are other considerations, such as the price of a professional roofer. What will it cost to maintain the roof annually?

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