Monday, February 27, 2006

Tips for Buying Roofing Materials

There are many things to consider when buying roofing materials, and many different kinds of roofing materials to choose from. While in some cases your decision may be made for you by budget and other factors, even within the same price range their may be a number of different materials to choose from.

Here are some of the best tips for choosing the best roofing materials and getting the most for your money.

Ø Carefully calculate the square footage of the roofing area. This will include the surface of the roof itself, of course, and the square footage of the roof will be different from the square footage of the living area of the home. This will vary according to the slope of the roof, but the square footage of the roof generally falls between 110% and 130% of the square footage of the top floor of the home.

Ø Think carefully about the kind of roofing material you prefer to use. This decision may be made for you by your budget. Asphalt shingles are the least expensive option, while those homeowners with more money may opt for slate or wood roofing instead.

Ø Be sure to compare the various roofing materials at several different home centers. It helps to actually look at the shingles to see what you are getting. Most asphalt shingles will be graded according to the length of the warranty being offered by the manufacturer. In most cases the warranty period will be from 20 to 50 years. The higher end asphalt shingles will come with a longer guarantee, and they will have a heavier and higher quality appearance as well.

Ø Wood and shale roofing will have a more limited range of choices. When installing a slate roof, you will need to choose between natural slate and manufactured slate. You will also, of course, need to choose a color for the slate.

Ø Be sure to consult with your roofing contractor before you order the materials. Be sure that the roofing contractor has plenty of experience in installing the material you choose. If he or she does not, start looking for another roofing contractor.
Roofing is certainly not fun or exciting like some remodeling projects can be. Unlike installing a new kitchen or a new whirlpool tub, however, a quality, well installed roof can keep you safe from the elements in even the worst weather conditions.


Blogger aliah said...

A roof can be a dramatic addition to a home's architecture. so it is very important to choose a good roofing materials. the most popular roofing materials for domestic buildings are clay, ceramic or concrete tiles..
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