Choosing the Right Roofing Product for Your Home

January 8, 2016

Birds flying around a solar roofThe roof of your house is super important, not only aesthetically, but also as a very large safety feature – it’s what protects your home, contents and family. It’s also an important investment in terms of the value of your home.

Choosing a roof therefore requires careful consideration, whether you’re installing a new roof or re-roofing an existing one.

Let’s look at some of the factors that you will want to consider.

Design and Colour Options

Know your material choices. Professional roofing contractors can offer extensive design and colour choices for your home. A contractor who does not offer you different shingle options is not looking out for your best interest.

The style and colour of the shingles you install can affect the resale value of your home.

Performance and Durability

Aesthetic appearance, although important, comes second to the performance and durability of the roof.

Essential to the longevity of your roof is compatibility of the products used to install and complete the roof system. Investigate your options carefully and the product warranties that go along with your product of choice.

Environmental Factors

In Australia, we also need to make sure our roof is suitable for the environment and can stand up to the harsh sun and severe storms – this is particularly important for Perth homeowners, with our wild summer storm season.

Use of the wrong product in coastal areas for example, could result in premature corrosion or breakdown of the roof system.

Which Roofing Material is Right for You?

Asphalt 

Asphalt shingles have an estimated life expectancy of roughly 12 to 20 years and are divided into two categories: organic and fiberglass.

Organic shingles are made up of paper with an asphalt coating that converts them into a ‘waterproof’ product. Fiberglass Shingles provide better fire protection than organic shingles. Like organic shingles, fiberglass shingles are treated with a protective resin coating that converts them into ‘waterproof’ material. New developments and technology have been able to create architectural shingles, using two layers bonded with a special sealant that adds an eye-appealing visual effect to the roof.

Metal

Metal roofs are extremely durable and can last 40 to 70 years, depending on the material. They are very resistant in the face of wind damage, and will not corrode or crack.

In addition, metal roofs don’t need the periodic costly maintenance that other roofing materials often require. However, they should be inspected periodically to make sure no repairs are required.

Metal roofs are very safe, and will not spark and ignite into flames during fire or lightning strikes.

Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, which can reduce cooling costs by 10% to 25%, making them a very energy efficient and environmentally-friendly choice. Metal roofs not only have 25% to 95% recycled content, depending on the material used, but are also 100% recyclable at the end of their life as a roof.

Rubber

Rubber roofs provide almost no chance of leakage because there are no seams involved! Basically two types are available – whole roof or rubber roof shingles.

Whole-Roofs are especially ideal for flat-roof homes as they lack proper drainage systems and can thus be easily covered with a few squares. Rubber shingles are easier to handle because they are light weight. Resembling the authentic, traditional shingles, rubber roof shingles can be cut and shaped using a simple utility knife.

There are many factors to consider when choosing your roof. If unsure, it’s always a good idea to speak to a roofing expert so they can help determine the best roof for your home in terms of aesthetics, performance, durability and safety.