One of the most popular features of your house is your roof. While it is often ignored as an architectural element, when looking at your home, it is something that everyone sees, and something you see every day. Your roof covers your whole home, in addition to aesthetics. It is important that a new roof is properly built, uses the best available materials, meets your budget and offers you a solution that is long-lasting and maintenance-free. When looking at a new roof, there are so many things to remember, but the process doesn’t need to be intense. Follow the steps below and you will be prepared to take on any project for roofing!Do you want to learn more? visit
When you first start preparing your new roof project, the colour of your new roof should be thought about. Bear in mind that your new roof can last quite a while, so it should be considered as a permanent addition – the roof colour won’t change! Ask for colour samples of the planned roofing material from a roofing specialist or home improvement store and compare those samples to your house’s colour. Bear in mind the brick colour is much more permanent than the roofing colour and the colour of the brick should be concentrated on if your house is brick.
Compare siding, brick and shutters with the colour of the roofing material. The paint should be free of charge and not blend into the same colour of the house’s exterior. Build a mock up with a painted board that is the same colour as the house and an actual shingle (or other roofing material) set against it while choosing between a few different colours.
In both full sun and shade, one other tip is to compare the colour samples. It is also possible for trees and other plants to influence how the colour looks. Keep in mind any colours that come from the landscaping and equate the proposed new roof colour to that if you have landscaping on your house. In the end, you need to be pleased with the new colour of the roof, so take your time and choose wisely.
What roofing material can be used plays a role in the environment of your physical location. There are specialised “Cool Roof” or “Cool Series” shingles used in warm climate areas when looking at asphalt shingles. Instead of absorbing it into the frame, these shingles reflect heat from the roof. These shingles will not provide any advantage in a cold climate area, and will simply increase heat loss and therefore increase heating costs. In colder climates, regular asphalt or composite shingles perform well because they absorb heat and serve as an extra layer of insulation and protection. Bear in mind the insulation and ventilation in the attic space as part of the entire project when looking at the roofing project. The overall efficiency of the roof is greatly impacted by a well enclosed, insulated and vented attic space.
That dark colours attract and retain heat better than light colours is no mystery. In a study conducted by the US Department of Agriculture, it was determined that when compared to a lighter coloured roof, an attic space under a dark coloured roof (dark grey or black) built over plywood sheathing was 10 degrees warmer on a day with full sun (white or very light gray). While it was found that when dark colours were compared to lighter colours, there were smaller differences, the study reported that the only significant difference was found in extreme dark colours compared to extreme light. Although this may be important for a large warehouse or industrial building, it is recommended that you concentrate on selecting an aesthetically pleasing roof colour and not think too much about how the colour will affect performance.
The most economical cost for your new roof would be asphalt or composite shingles. Besides being the most economical, when looking at their results in high temperatures and where the climate has daily rain, snow, ice and wind, they also have the best Return on Investment. In contrast to other roofing materials, asphalt shingles are very low maintenance and have a great life expectancy benefit. A wide range of asphalt shingles are also available in several different styles, models and colours. Various roofing materials such as wood shakes, metal and tiles are all excellent alternatives to asphalt shingles, but quite precise installation and maintenance are typically very high in cost and demand.
Consideration of Architecture
There are several different types of roof design and each one offers numerous specific considerations. You will be operating on what is known to be the ‘ordinary’ roof design while roofing a gable roof. You would want to make sure that the measurements are right and that additional estimates for materials are made if your home has a different design (A-Frame, flat roof, hipped, etc.). Different rood designs may cause installation problems, so it is recommended that when dealing with various roofing designs, you communicate with a roofing professional or home improvement store so that proper installation is achieved.