Finding the best roof type for your home is a big decision. There are many factors to consider when choosing a roof plan for your home as it will impact the overall look, protection and functions within your home. Unfortunately, a roof isn’t like a shoe or something you can try on to see if it works with the rest of your outfit. Deciding on the best roof is a process entailing careful consideration and examination. To make sure you find the best roof option possible for your home, we’ve created a guide to help you reach your decision.
What to Look for in a New Roof
To begin, here are some key considerations to look into before deciding on a roof for your home. These questions have been specifically tailored to comply with the demands of Midwest weather.
How long will this roof last?
- There is no universal, average lifespan for a residential roof. How long your roof will last depends mostly on what material it is constructed of and how durable it is. Some notably more durable roofing materials are steel and concrete.
Will this roof require a lot of maintenance or little maintenance?
- Also dependent upon the material chosen. It’s important to ask yourself if you are comfortable with having to put in a little extra effort to take care of your roof. Higher maintenance roof materials are typically less durable and more susceptible to weather erosion and damage over the years.
How will this roof hold up against hail, high wind speeds and other Midwest weather conditions?
- The varying types of weather we see in the Midwest presents a special challenge for roofs. As we experience just about every form of bad and inclement weather, it is important to look at how this will impact your roof both short term and long term. Over time, a roof that is not equipped to handle the wear and tear of weather will begin to show accelerated signs of aging. This factor directly relates to how long your roof will last.
Can the structure of my home safely hold up the weight of my new roof for years to come?
- We can check to see if your existing home structure is able to support the weight of the roof material you chose. This is an extremely important to the protection and safety of your home. A roof that is too heavy can cause damage both your interior and exterior.
Does this type of roof comply with local building codes?
- Different areas comply with different building codes. Before construction begins, it is important both you and your contractor are aware of what the rules are. For an in-depth look at Columbia, Mo’s building codes, follow the link!
Will this roof complement the style and overall look of my home?
- One of the less technical aspects of choosing a new roof is deciding if the roof type you chose compliments the look of your home. Think of your roof as a design element. Before committing to one look you may want to test the waters. Grab samples of roof materials and hold them up to the exterior of your house to get an idea of what to expect.
Is this roof in my budget?
- Every homeowner has a different number they are comfortable settling on. When you get to this point, don’t just consider the initial cost but rather think of the long term. If your roof is going to require more maintenance, this will increase the overall long-term cost of your residential roof.
How your Roof Impacts Your Overall Home Value
A roof is an investment. A seemingly daunting project, a new roof comes with incredible benefits for your residence such as improved resale value, better warranties and more curb appeal. According to a study done in 2018 by Remodeling Magazine, a new roof can add up to $12,000 dollars on home value in the Midwest region. These facts lead to one conclusion: a great return on investment. Even if putting your home on the market is not something you are considering, having a higher home value is important. Some immediate perks of having increased home value are better homeowners insurance and being seen as a less-risky recipient of loans for mortgage payments. These are simply short term benefits. Long term mostly include the possibility you do end up putting your home on the market. With a higher home value, you are more likely to get higher and better bids on your home.
TrueSon Exteriors: Professional Residential Roof Contractors
At TrueSon Exteriors, we understand that deciding to build a new roof or replace an old one is a big undertaking as a homeowner. We aim to make the process run as smoothly as possible. We help answer those hard questions like “Is this the right choice for your home” and “how will this affect my home value?” We have been in this business for a long time, so we know exactly what it takes to reach your goals as a homeowner when it comes to building a new roof. We want what is best for our clients and that is why we work closely to achieve their goals for their homes. Looking for advice on how to get started with building a new roof? Schedule a free consultation with us today!