For us, it was important to choose a roofing material we knew we would not have to worry about for a long time to come. After all the renovations and repairs on our ranch, we were more than ready to just sit back and finally enjoy our beautiful home. We didn’t want to find ourselves dealing with issues again a few years down the line. Of course, unexpected things can happen and I don’t doubt that we will encounter problems here and there, but when it comes to our new roof, we wanted to make the best choice to eliminate some maintenance for us and avoid another replacement for as long as possible
The first crucial decision was choosing the roofing material we wanted. This can affect more than just the appearance of your home. Different roofing materials each have their own unique properties that may make them more ideal for certain conditions. It is easy to find detailed information about the various options out there. The most common roofing materials include:
- Asphalt shingles
- Wood shake
There is also slate and other stone materials, concrete, recycled shingles, and other roofing materials, but these tend to be less commonly used and can be difficult to find. Similarly, it can be difficult to find a roofing contractor who knows how to work with these materials. We decided to stick to the more popular options.
Energy efficiency was second on our list of priorities, after durability. The landscape around here is quite flat, and being in a rural location there are few buildings or structures to block the sun. That means the sun is usually beating down full force on our main house. It can get extremely hot during the summer, while winters tend to be more mild. This made it easy to decide that a ‘cool roof’ was a must-have. Cool roofs reflect sun energy and reduce the cost of cooling. Their reflective property is usually a product of the material, a special coating, or the paint color. That means different roofing materials can work as ‘cool roofs’. Ultimately, we decided on metal roofing for its excellent durability and energy efficiency. The cost was steep, but we felt it was well worth it.
Now that we knew what type of roofing material we wanted to install on our home, our next task was finding a roofing contractor who had the necessary experience and qualifications to perform the installation. The quality of the installation can be just as important as the roofing material when it comes to standing the test of time. My brother-in-law referred us to company he had used for some commercial roofing work. The key selling points that convinced us to choose them were:
- Their roofers are licensed and insured
- They had a good reputation, and many positive reviews from satisfied customers
- They had been in business for a long time and were established in the roofing industry
- They were able to provide us with references for previous metal roof installations they completed
- They offered a parts and labor warranty