Whether you are building a new house or want to replace an aged or leaking roof, there are important things you need to keep in mind when choosing a new roof to ensure you make the right decision. With the many types of roof and options available, how do you choose the right roof for you? Listed below are 10 important questions to ask before choosing a roof.

1. What is the function of this building- You need to consider the long-term purpose and uses of the structure before you shop for a new roof. Choose a roof that will perform optimally with regard to the building’s purpose and mission statement. For example, while a basic roof may suffice for a residential building, an airport reservation hub with computers and other machines in it will require a different roof. Other questions you will need to ask yourself in regard to this include

  • Will the structure’s use change in the future
  • Are there any plans to expand or renovate the building

2. What elements will affect/ influence the roofing system- Depending on where you live; the climate, topography, weather trends and building codes can all affect the type of roof you choose. In addition, the building’s size, shape, age, design, height, are also important factors. A qualified roofer can recommend the best type of roof based on all these factors. You want a roof that can withstand the rain, sunshine and the wind. For example if you live in a humid, wet area, wood is not an ideal option; slate, or asphalt shingle or tile would be better options.

3. What type of roof should I choose- Ask yourself the type of material, weight, appearance, color of roof you should choose. There are different types of roofs to meet building structure requirements, budget and user tastes and preferences. Do your homework to ensure you choose the right type of roof for your specific type of structure.

4. What is the real cost of this particular roof- Look beyond the roof’s sticker price. You need to make sure that the roof you chose will be worth the price in the long run in terms of

  • Energy savings
  • Repair and maintenance costs
  • Durability

5. Will the roof I choose affect the load of the building roofing structure- Roofs come in a wide variety of materials including clay, asphalt, wood, slate, etc. Choose a roof that can be supported by the building structure.

6. What type of membrane and attachment system should I choose- The roof membrane and attachment option will be determined by the height of the building, roof aesthetics, expected traffic, and wind exposure. There are different membrane options including thermoplastics, thermosets, and bitumen. You can ask for help from a professional roofer to help you make the right decision in regards to the best type of attachment and membrane you should choose

7. How long will the roof last- You obviously want a roof that will last for a long time. Ask the manufacturer for proof that the roof can stand the test of time. The ideal roof should be able to withstand intense sunshine and exposure to toxic chemicals.

8. What kind of warranty is available for the roof- Do not underestimate the benefits of a warranty. Understand the kind of warranty and service the manufacturer offers. In case the roof fails to perform as indicated, a warranty spells out what the manufacturer should do- either repair or replace the roof. A good warranty can save you a lot of money in the future.

9. Will I be able to make repairs in the future if I choose this roofing system- Ask yourself whether the roof will remain viable over time allowing you to make necessary repairs and modifications. Some roofs physical attributes change over time due to elements, which can make it almost impossible to do any repairs in the future.

10. Does the roof meet my insurance company performance standards- Before you buy a roof, make sure you understand your insurance company requirements concerning the wind and fire features of the roof. Many roofs lose their performance integrity over time; make sure the roof meets your insurer’s standards to avoid problems in the future in the claim process.

The roof is an important component of any building. Shop wisely and ensure the choice you make meets your budget, building weight, installation requirements, and aesthetics..

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