(StatePoint) While some home repairs can be done without much forethought, other upgrades deserve more attention -- such as replacing your roof. Your roof not only makes a big visual impact, but because it is constantly exposed to the elements it’s essential that it’s built to last.
Extreme weather events have increased in frequency and severity in the past decade, and a home’s roof is one of the first places water amd wind attack. A bit of research can help ensure you’re investing in a roof that will serve you well.
“Quality is crucial to lasting curb appeal and structural integrity,” says Mark Clement, a professional contractor and host of the MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show. “Spend time reviewing your options.”
How do you know it’s time for a new roof? Using a ladder, or observing your roof with binoculars from across the street, look for problem areas, such as missing or broken shingles, or tiles that are “flapping” in the wind. These are indications it’s time for a new roof.
When replacing your roof, here are some things to consider:
• Durability: You may be cost-conscious, but repairs, inspection and maintenance can be costly. In the long run, skipping over the bargain-basement priced roofs and opting for a virtually maintenance-free roof can save you time and money.
“For my own home, I wanted to feel confident my roof would withstand extreme weather, so I went with the DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate tiles, which are impact-resistant and fire-resistant and backed by a 50-year limited warranty,” says Clement.
• Style: More than seven in ten homeowners believe the outward appearance of their home reflects their personality, according to the 2011 Homeowners Exterior Preferences Study conducted by Harris Interactive. Look for a roof that speaks highly of you.
Natural slate and shake roofing materials evoke images of traditional charm and long-standing durability. However they have an inherent tendency to flake, chip, or splinter over time. New polymer alternatives, such as the Bellaforté line of slate and shake polymer roofing tiles, have the appearance and beauty of natural slate or shake shingle roofing materials, but are highly-engineered to last longer.
Use multiple profiles to create a staggered appearance that simulates a natural roughhewn wood shake roof.
• Environment: To go eco-friendly, opt for a roof made of recyclable materials and which has the approval of the Cool Roof Rating Council. Cool roofs can save energy, improve homeowner comfort and help reduce urban heat island effect and smog.
• Color: Enhancing a home’s exterior with a burst of color is currently a hot trend. Homeowners and contractors now can consult with online tools to find colors that match the rest of their homes’ exteriors. For example, the DaVinci Color Studio has a free online tool that allows you to create your own custom color blend of roofing using any of 49 standard colors. Visit www.DaVinciRoofscapes.com/color-studio.php to get started.
A roof is a long-term investment, particularly if you choose wisely. Do a careful review of your options before writing a check.