Your roof is often the most important yet most neglected part of the home, largely forgotten about until you have a problem.
Whether you want to renovate your roof for aesthetic reasons or you need to replace old and damaged tiles, it’s a significant investment that requires thoughtful research. Read on for our list of key factors to consider when choosing a new roof.
When making the financial decision to re-roof, you want to make sure you’re getting a good product for your money. A new roof can completely change the exterior appearance of your home and you don’t want that fresh, clean look to fade quickly.
Metal roof tiles resist cracking, peeling and corrosion to guarantee a tidy appearance for longer. In terms of functionality, you need to be sure that your roof will keep you and your family safe, warm and dry for as long as possible so it’s important to choose a roof that can withstand the elements.
The roof you choose has to be right for your location. In Auckland, you’ll need to bear in mind the rain in the winter months and select a surface that won’t pool or absorb any water.
At the same time, you need a material that can handle the sun and reflect heat to help keep your home cool in the summer. Metal tiles absorb one-third less heat than asphalt, and when painted in a light colour, they will reflect a significant amount of the sun’s rays.
Cost & Lifespan
Naturally, when investing in roofing, your budget will be a big factor. The true value of a roof should be calculated by taking into account the initial outlay, likely maintenance costs and its expected lifespan.
In terms of longevity, a metal roof is a clear winner, lasting 40 or more years in comparison with 15-20 for asphalt or 25-30 for wood shingles. In addition to this, the excellent resilience of metal tiles means they are unlikely to need any expensive maintenance.
Before embarking on a roofing project it’s vital that you check with your local council to find out if there are any restrictions in place on the style, material or colour you can use. If you go ahead without confirming the legality, then you could end up facing further costly construction to fix your mistake
Colour and Style
There are a huge variety of possible roof coverings to choose from, so take inspiration from houses you’ve liked in the past or photos you’ve seen online. The style of your roof can dictate the overall appearance of your property and a well-executed roof design gives your home considerable kerb appeal.
Consider whether you need a dark colour to absorb heat or a light colour to reflect it and take into account local trends to make sure your house fits in with the neighbourhood.
If you’d like any more information about metal roofing supplies or installation from Auckland’s roofing industry experts then contact Aspect Roofing online now or free-phone 0800 ROOFTOP.