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Common Pitfalls To Avoid When Choosing A Roofing Material For Your Home

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Adding a roof to a house you're constructing is a job that requires some forethought and careful planning to do right the first time. One of the aspects of the roof installation job that you'll need to think through is what type of roofing material you should use.

Choosing the right roofing material for your home is all about finding a material that will provide adequate protection against the outside elements while meeting your residential building's requirements for safety, maintenance, longevity, energy efficiency, aesthetics, and many more.

To ensure a successful roof installation project, avoid these common mistakes people make when selecting a roofing material for their homes.

Not Considering The Climate Of Your Area 

The roof that you build is going to be your home's first line of protection against inclement weather elements. The roofing material that can withstand prolonged exposure to the local weather conditions will be a good choice for your home. Keep in mind that your roof can also affect heat gain and loss in the home. 

Certain roofing materials have better heat absorption or reflectance ability than others, so it's important to choose a material that will help reduce your home's need for additional heating and cooling.

Not Thinking About Your Roof's Slope

When it comes to home construction, steep-slope roofs are generally preferred over flat and low-slope styles. Roofs that have a steep slope look much nicer than those that have flat or low-slopes. Plus, steep-slope roofs match many house styles.

The roofing materials you can use in your home vary depending on the slope of your roof. Common residential roofing materials like asphalt shingles, concrete tiles, and wood shakes work well on pitched roofs. If you're looking to install a lower-slope roof, asphalt roll roofing, built-up roofing, and standing seam metal roofing are some practical roofing options you should consider.

Never assume that a roofing material that works on a particular type of roof will suit all roofs.

Not Considering The Visual Impact Of Your Roof

The appearance of your new roof is going to influence the overall look of your home. While roofing materials come in a variety of designs, colors, designs, and finishes, each has a distinct appearance that sets it apart from the rest.

When choosing a residential roofing material, consider the look you want for your home and then choose a roofing material that will help achieve that look.

With all the different types of roofing materials available for new residential properties, picking the right material can be a daunting task, especially if you lack experience in the construction field. While you can always rely on a roofing contractor to narrow down your roofing choices, the final decision is ultimately yours to make.

Contact a company like JCB Roofing / HHI, SC to learn more.