How to choose the right roof for your home?

Your home is one of your most important investments. As a homeowner, it’s important to make sure you’re choosing the right roof for your home. There are a variety of factors you’ll need to consider when making your decision, from the climate in your area to your budget. This blog post will help you navigate the process of choosing a new roof for your home. We’ll discuss the different roofing materials available and provide tips. So, whether you’re in the market for a new roof or just want to learn more about the options available, read on!

Choosing the right roof for your home can be difficult, as there are many factors involved in the decision-making process. The aim of this blog is for us to walk you through these processes and give you clarity before picking up the phone.

Firstly, let’s start with the fun stuff!

 

STYLE 

To many, style is a top priority as the exterior appearance of your home is almost like the human version of first impressions! This is something to consider if you are thinking of buying or selling a home. How will people feel when they approach the entrance?

Think about colour first. A lighter tone will not absorb as much heat as a dark roof would. In the climate we have here in the UK, we suggest you choose darker tones as we can’t afford to be reflecting anymore light and warmth!

Making sure the material type, colour and texture of the roof match the exterior colours and structure is super important. It is worth considering the period the exterior of your home resembles, whether it be modern or a traditional cottage, keep your design plans consistent. There are plenty of options available, allowing you to replicate the original roof but to a better quality. If you are attempting to create a tile or wood finish, metal and concrete are good options. Whereas, to imitate wood or slate, fibre cement shingles are also good options. Please bear in mind the finish of these won’t be equally as appealing. 

 

WEATHER

We are all familiar with the UK weather patterns, which can be unpredictable, to say the least. However, harsh winters and heavy rain are at the tip of our roofing problems.

Our humble advice is to choose materials that will stand strong against powerful winds and provide solid shelter against rain, snow and frost. Slope/pitch also come into play here. The measurements of your roof structure will help you come to a decision when purchasing materials, please give us a call if you are unsure on this, as steeper or shorter the slope, the more likely we will need to discuss additional or specific materials to ensure leakages do not occur.

 

MATERIALS: FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Low cost 

Asphalt shingles: Fire and wind-resistant. Long-term durability is not as reliable but algae-resistant options are available. 

Moderate cost

Plastic Polymer: Imitates wood and slate. Fire and wind-resistant. High durability. 

Expensive

Clay tile: While these are great fire resisters, they aren’t so good at resisting strong winds. High durability however can break due to its brittle nature. 

 

COST

Lastly, the not-so-fun stuff! For enquiries regarding cost, please get in touch with our team. Your cost forecast will be based upon the steepness, height, and complexity of the roof. Our labour charges won’t be dissimilar from the material prices. We understand everyone’s circumstances are different, however, we suggest you strongly consider replacing your roof with high-quality and durable materials. Roof installations can be a noisy and lengthy process, to avoid having your roof repaired again, it is worth ensuring the materials can face the challenge of British weather. 

For help with choosing the right roof for you, why not contact a member of our team? Please feel free to contact us on 01753 358267 for more information. For the service we provide, you will be amazed by our prices.

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