Wondering how to choose a new roof? There are many great options available out there, as well as many options that are not optimal for your specific situation and needs. Today’s article explores things to consider when you’re looking for a new roof and want to understand what your options are. As buying a new roof is a major purchase, it’s worthwhile spending some time thinking about what exactly you need, what your budget is, and then making a decision as to what type of roof is best for you.
First thing’s first, though: no matter the quality of materials you choose, having a professional roofer building it is going to make all the difference. You could have a beautiful new metal roof, but if it is installed improperly, many of the benefits of metal roofing may be compromised — so you ended up paying more for mediocre performance. Don’t let that happen to you! Our team at Tim Leeper Roofing in Nashville is committed to providing reliable, affordable residential roof installation services. We understand more than anyone how important it is to have a roof installed right, and, with our decades of experience installing roofs, we know how to do a thorough, high-quality job every time. If you are looking for a dependable roofing contractor for residential or commercial roofing services, including inspections, repairs, and replacement, contact us today for your Speedy Fast Quote®! You can also reach us at (615) 570-1732.
Step 1: Decide What You Need
The first step of deciding what kind of roof to get is understanding what exactly you need. The criteria for what you want your roof to accomplish will help you determine which type of roof to get, so you can avoid disappointment down the road after getting a roof installed that you are not 110% satisfied with.
Buying a new roof is not all that different from buying a new car. In both cases, doing your research beforehand is crucial to determining what will be right for you. To accomplish your new-roof vision, consider the following criteria:
- Aesthetics — Consider how much the look of your roof means to you. Do you want something that looks traditional, like shingles? Or would you like something a bit more contemporary and bold, like a standing seam metal roof?
- Fire Safety — Fire safety is important wherever you live, yet in some places it is even more important, such as forests or regions where firestorms are regular. Consider fire-proof roofing options like metal and cement tiles for greater peace of mind and preparedness for if the worst happens.
- Longevity — This one might take some cost analysis. You may end up spending more money on a roof made of high-quality metal tiles, but it will also most likely last much longer than other options like asphalt shingles, so in the long run you may end up spending significantly less, even though the up-front costs could be higher.
- Wind Resistance — Much like with fire safety, this is going to be a greater or lesser concern based on where you are geographically located. If you are at the top of a hill where there is a lot of wind or in a region where hurricanes are not uncommon, choosing a roof designed to withstand high winds is a must. A metal roof with interlocking panels may be one of your best options for protecting your home from high winds.
- Energy Efficiency — This isn’t about installing solar panels on your roof (which is nonetheless a pretty good idea), but about choosing a type of roof that is well-insulated and reflective of heat. For example, people who get metal roofs with reflective coatings reduce their summer energy costs by roughly 20%! In terms of long-term energy savings, the type of roof you get can go a long way.
- Go Green — If you are inclined to choosing green building techniques, you can get a roof installed made entirely of recycled material. The environmental impact of your roof may be another criterion you consider when deciding what type of roof is best for you.
Step 2: Compare Different Roof Types
With those criteria in mind, let’s now look at some of the common types of roofs available for you to get installed, and what the pros and cons are of each.
#1: Asphalt Shingles
More than 80% of residential roofs are made of asphalt shingles, making these the most popular type of roof around. The main reason they are so popular is because they are inexpensive, eco-friendly, and offer good fire- and decent wind-resistance. The downsides of asphalt shingles are that they are not very durable, and may not look as good as some of the other roofing material options we will be discussing. Longevity-wise, you can reasonably expect a skillfully installed asphalt roof to last for 20 years before needing to be replaced.
Metal roofs can be made from a number of different materials — e.g. steel, copper, zinc alloy, and aluminum. Many people love metal roofs for their aesthetic, as well as for their longevity. There’s a reason they have the nickname of “forever roof” — they last a very long time, with minimal maintenance. Metal roofs are great because they are:
- Highly durable and long-lasting
- Fungus- & moss-proof
Other benefits of metal roofs include things like their high thermal emissivity, meaning they readily absorb and release heat, meaning your house stays a more comfortable temperature easier, as metal cools much faster than a material like asphalt. The main downside of metal roofing is the cost — they are usually significantly more expensive than alternatives like asphalt shingles. However, in the long-run they are likely to pay for themselves, saving you on the need to repair and maintain your roof, as well as on your monthly energy bill.
For a roofing solution that is good for all seasons and climates, metal roofing might be the best roofing option for you. To get your metal roof installed in Nashville, reach out to Tim Leeper Roofing today for your Speedy Fast Quote® today!
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Tim Leeper Roofing is able to install all sorts of different kinds of roofs on your home. For the best roofing contractors in Tennessee, you can do no better than our team of roofers! The reason for this is because we don’t cut corners, are reliable, always on-time, affordable, and take every job very seriously — ensuring that everything is installed and sealed properly. We understand that getting a new roof is a major investment, which is why we are committed to providing you the quality of service that you deserve. Reach out to Tim Leeper Roofing in Nashville today to learn more about what type of roof you should get installed, or call us at (615) 570-1732 and ask for a Speedy Fast Quote® today! We look forward to speaking with you soon!