5 Key Factors When Selecting New Roofing Material

Whether you are building a new home, re-roofing an existing one, or installing new roofing on an addition, you must take the time to choose the best roofing material for your home.

The best type of shingle depends on the type of building, geographic location, personal preferences, and other factors. Although asphalt shingles are the most common type, some of the same principles apply to other types of roofing material.

1. Resistance to fire, wind, and water

When selecting your future roof, basic toughness is critical. For added safety and a possible discount on your homeowners' insurance, look for a Class A fire-resistance rating. Choose shingles that tightly seal to one another to form a formidable water barrier and can withstand the Florida heat.

The wind resistance rating is perhaps the most important. In wind storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes, ask your installation expert (who will also be a shingle evaluation expert!) which types and brands of shingles perform best.

2. Resistance to Algae Growth

If you live near a body of saltwater, look for shingles that are specially designed to resist salt corrosion and algae growth. Blue-green algae streaks on your roof can detract from the appearance of your home.

General moisture, humidity, mold/mildew resistance, and plant growth resistance are all important considerations. However, shingles with high algae-growth resistance ratings will also perform well in these other areas.

3. Energy Conservation

A higher-quality shingle material will create a more effective heat-transfer barrier. It's also important to consider the colour of your shingles. Darker colours absorb heat, while lighter colours reflect more of it.

Upgrading your attic in terms of ventilation and insulation, combined with a good roof material, will help you save money on energy. Using high-quality felt underlayment on your roof deck, as well as a radiant barrier beneath it, will also help.

4. Price, Upkeep, and Durability

The initial cost of materials and installation, ongoing maintenance requirements, and the longevity of your chosen shingle type must all be considered. A good warranty and a long shingle life expectancy indicate that the material is of high quality. And higher initial costs may pay off in the long run.

But, whatever you choose, make sure you understand how to calculate the cost – 100 square feet is referred to as a "roofing square." Multiply the length and width of each roof surface section to get the square footage (plus 10% for waste), divide by 100, and multiply by the cost per square offered by your local contractor.

5. Style & Curb Appeal

Roofing is a very personal experience. There are a plethora of brands, styles, colours, and sizes to select from. The most important choice will be between three-tab and dimensional (architectural) shingles, which add curb appeal but cost a little more.

In addition, you want the colour of your roof to complement or contrast with the colour of your building's trim and main walls. It should blend in with the environment rather than detract from it.

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