It’s important to ensure that when developing your roof, you get the important decisions right. After all, a roof gone wrong can cause all sorts of problems, including a loss of heat and water leaks. In the long run, it can also lead to the decrease in value of your property. That’s why we’ve written this guide on how to choose the right materials.
Location is one of the most important aspects in choosing the material, as the climate can make a significant difference to the needs of the occupant. If you live in naturally very warm climates, then light-coloured roofs are more suitable as they will reflect the heat. Vice versa for colder climates and darker roofs. Anyone who wants to save money on heating bills should definitely consider a darker roof!
Another choice that needs to be considered is whether or not you want to make a long term investment or a short term investment. Materials such as fibreglass are more expensive initially but are far more resistant to wear and tear due to their lack of joinery. Typical slate roofing, though, is cheaper to get started with but will also require more maintenance in the long run. As with all areas of substantial investment, this requires careful thought!
Take into account your energy costs. A lot of people aren’t necessarily aware that certain roofing materials can make a significant difference to the costs of their home energy bills. If you live in an area where your central heating is on at all times, then a material such as fibreglass can make for a great investment, as it will keep the heat in and bring the bills down. Obviously if you live in an extremely hot climate then you won’t have to worry about the issues.
The last point to consider is which firm you get to fit the roof. With such a substantial investment, it’s important that you pick a company who has a substantial reputation for efficiency and excellent value for money. Whilst many jobs out there can be considered for a bit of do it yourself, roofing is definitely not one of them. Unless you’re a certified builder yourself, of course!
This article was written on behalf of Stuart Pease Ltd, UK experts in fibreglass construction.