What Kind of Roof Should I Put on My House?
David silvaconstruction.com 4There are many factors to consider when you put a new roof on your house. Depending on the slope and type of roof you currently have will be a factor in what you will be able to use for the new material on your roof. For instance if you have an asphalt shingle roof with rafters that were engineered in the 1960’s, you wouldn’t be able to install clay tiles on it because the weight would be too heavy for the structure. If you have a flat roof, you couldn’t put shingles on it because there would be a potential of leaking. The slope and structural capacity of the roof will greatly determine what type of material should be used for your new roof.

There are many different types of roofing material on the market. To name a few—asphalt shingle, cedar shingle, concrete tile, metal, rolled roofing, rock, clay tile, torch down etc. Each of these roofs is used for either the look or the durability. All are good products but they all have drawbacks too. Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used material for roofing. Over 75% of roofs have them. The pricing is one of the cheapest but they are one of the least green roofing materials on the market.

A few things you should think about when deciding on a new roof:

What is my budget for this project?
What type of roof will match my house?
Will my roof clash with the neighborhood?
Will the weight of the material be too heavy for the structure?
How many years will I get out of the roof before I would have to replace it?

Think of your roof as an investment. If you wait too long to replace it, you’ll pay more for the leaks in the house than for replacing your roof. You might want to consider calling a professional to look at your roof before the impending El Nino.

I can help you with your choices.  Call 310 831-6310

David Clarke

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