5 Key Factors to Consider When Choosing a Roofing Material

December 9, 2017

One of the hallmarks of building a house or any type of building is erecting a proper roof. The beauty and design of all buildings are largely dependent on the choice of roofing material used in its construction. With such a large variety of materials to choose from, it can be quite a challenge to find the one that’s best for you. While many factors may come into play, here are 5 of the most important ones to consider when picking a roofing material:

1.Architecture of your building

The style used in the construction of your home is very key in determining which the right roofing material is. For instance, asphalt shingles are used in a majority of residential homes while tiles are mostly used when roofing historic buildings. This is important since you want the roofing material to blend with the style of your home or build, thereby completing the look. To find out how different buildings look with different types of roofing materials, you can check out a variety of photos from the Silverline Roofing’s Portfolio. This will help you pick the most appealing option that will satisfy your needs.

2.Building laws in place

Depending on where your building is located, see to it that you do enough research in order to be familiar with the laws enacted to govern building and construction. Some states specify the type of roofing material to be used by the locals. This is mostly due to the history of prevailing weather conditions. For instance, some roof shingles would be prohibited in states with prevalent rough weather conditions characterized by heavy storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Certain estates can also outline the type of roofing to be used for purposes of uniformity.

3.Cost and durability

These two more or less complement each other. If you are setting up a permanent building or home, you would want to get a durable roofing material which will serve you for a long time before needing repair. Conversely, if you are putting up a temporary structure, get a roof that will serve you for the current period; this way, you won’t incur unnecessary expenses when bringing it down. Additionally, if it’s an investment building, ensure the total expense of your construction, roofing included, doesn’t exceed your expected returns.

4.Effect on the environment

Even as you work on the style and beauty of your roof, you would want to consider the effect it has on the environment. To prevent global warming and pollution, be sure to play your part by choosing roofing materials that are eco-friendly, recyclable and toxin-free. While most environmentally-friendly roofing materials may be a bit more expensive, the ultimate cost incurred when the environment is affected is much higher

5.Your intent of roofing

If you are roofing for the first time, then you have the liberty to choose from a wide variety of roofing styles and designs. On the other hand, if you are repairing your roof, you would want to find an exact match of the previous roofing material or rather one that is compatible with the pre-existing design. If the repair was prompted by a previous limitation, ensure your replacement is of good quality so that it does not get damaged too soon.


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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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