The exterior features of your home are super important to curb appeal. Your homes roof contributes to forty percent of the overall look of your home. When you are having a new roof installed it is important that you choose a wisely. It is important to have a roof that protect the home for the long term and enhances the aesthetic value as well.
As a homeowner it is important to understand that a sound roof is the key to protecting your investment. Proper roofing maintenance is crucial to ensure the longevity of your new roof. Roofing contracts suggest regular roofing maintenance including: removing waste from gutters, repairing missing shingles, fixing leaks as they occur and regular checks to ensure a proper seal around flashing and roofing vents.
With proper maintenance, quality roofing materials and proper installation by a professional roofing contractor your homes new shingle roof can last upwards of twenty plus years. When installing a new roof there are two options for homeowners: one is to install a new roof over the old one or tear off the old roofing and replace it entirely. No matter what you choose it is a chance to update and change the exterior look of your home.
When you are considering a new roof there are a number of roofing materials to consider. The most popular choice for homes here in the north are asphalt shingles and metal roofing but other materials including wood, tile and slate are also available. Asphalt shingles are a relatively light and flexible option in roofing. A fiberglass mat is covered in asphalt and then coated with colored mineral granules. This helps to provide protection from damage from the sun’s rays.
Asphalt shingles also come in a number of styles including a standard three tab shingle, dimensional shingling and artisan crafted shingles. Homeowners should consider the architectural style of the home before becoming set on a certain style. It is important to look at your homes specific roof in regards to the surface area to be covered as well as the pitch and angle of the roof. These factors will all help you determine what style shingle is best for the overall appearance of your home.
Another consideration is the color of the roof. The roofs coloring should enhance and compliment the home’s exterior palette. It should create a balance between the colors within the environment. For instance a brick or stone home that already has a lot of dimension should opt for a subtle roof to enhance an already busy exterior element.