What to Consider When Selecting Roof Material

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Posted on June 30, 2022 by Phillip Camerer

When you replace or repair a roof, you will have some critical decision-making to do. First, you’ll need to hire a roofing contractor and decide what roof to put on your home. In addition, there will be some other considerations, such as:

  • Roof Pitch
  • Shingle Style
  • Environmental Durability
  • Curb Appeal
  • Material Warranties

Roof Pitch

Since your home’s roof pitch factors into what materials need purchasing, it can also impact the final cost of your roof proofing. For example, a standard roof pitch for homes in the United States runs between 4:12 to 6:12.

Therefore, it is considered steep if your home has a roof pitch of 9:12 or higher. Thus the more vertical the pitch, the greater the cost for materials and labor.

Shingles Style

Many home developers for new communities use a typical roof pitch and architectural style that creates a cohesive look. That means your home could be part of a Homeowners Association or HOA. If so, you’ll want to look into the HOA’s bylaws or community ordinance to ensure you’re keeping with your community’s traditional roofing style.

The most affordable is the asphalt shingle and, by default, the most popular shingle style for many homeowners. However, for homeowners with a custom-built house, there’s plenty of wiggle room to pick a more environmentally friendly roof or offer greater energy efficiency.

Curb Appeal

Homeowners seeking greater curb appeal often lean toward color and style. But with material and technology advancements, many roofing manufacturers can offer a more comprehensive selection of energy-saving options and toughness.

But even then, homeowners’ costs for those newer technologies can impact a roofing project’s timeline and labor. In some cases, structural adjustments are necessary to ensure a home can support the added weight of a heavier shingle.

Environmental Durability

Weather is another common consideration for homeowners looking for an environmentally durable shingle. Many roofing manufacturers offer a variety of roofing materials with a range of weather-resistant qualities.

But despite the strength of the manufacturer’s roofing material, shingles will immediately begin to break down once exposed to the sun, air, and irregular weather patterns. That makes it difficult for roofing material manufacturers to determine how long a product will last in a specific region of the U.S., leading to limited warranty offers.

Material Warranties

Material maintenance on a roof is a decades-long commitment for homeowners. Unfortunately, while roofing manufacturers warranty most roofing materials, those warranties are often limited.

So, it’s a good idea to consider the cost of the long-term upkeep on roof repairs for the type of shingle you’re considering buying. It’s just the cost of home improvements as long as you own the home.

TAMKO Shingles

If you live in the four-state region of southwest Missouri, then you are probably familiar with TAMKO Building Products. However, if you’re new in the area or even a new homeowner, TAMKO may not sound familiar. 

TAMKO is known for not only developing and manufacturing some of the most advanced shingle materials in the roofing industry, but they’ve taken steps to include color technology to meet the wants and needs of homeowners looking for curb appeal, durability, and environmentally efficient.

Contact A Roofing Contractor

Selecting the best roofing material for any home is challenging, but so is choosing a roofing contractor. That’s why you should hire a roofing contractor certified by a roofing manufacturer, like TAMKO.

Phillip Camerer Roofing is a TAMKO Pro certified contractor. They can simplify your roofing process and help finance your project. Contact the team at Phillip Camerer Roofing today to schedule an onsite roofing inspection.