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  • Writer's pictureApril Dacas, VP

Tips For Choosing The Right Roofing Materials

Roofing Construction

Is it time for a new roof? Choosing the right roofing materials can seem like a daunting task if you don’t do your research. Replacing your roof is a considerable expense as well, so you’ll want to make sure you do it right the first time.


If you’re new to home repair and the challenges associated with it, there are a few simple things you should know when determining the scale and scope of your project. Consulting a roofing professional will be an essential part of your success; don’t be afraid to ask questions as you move forward into your next big project. Take these simple steps and save both time and money as you choose the right materials to add value to your home:


Consider your budget

Before you head to the nearest home supply outlet to peruse tile samples, consider your budget. What do you have to work with? Can you afford to pay a contractor to perform quality work? Not all roof materials are created equally; neither is the cost of installing them. If you are looking to get the most bang for your buck, you might consider a material that is a little more expensive to purchase but costs little to maintain. Wooden shakes are attractive and fairly inexpensive to install, but the cost of maintaining them will more than make up for their low-price tag with additional repair costs on your hands. Think about your roofing project long-term, and decide how you best want to make your budget work for you and your home.


Decide if you want to go environmentally friendly

If you are a friend of the environment, consider choosing environmentally friendly products and installation methods for your project. Many energy-saving options give you a choice when it comes to reducing heating and cooling costs for your home, thus reducing your carbon footprint. Ask your roofing professional about materials and installation methods that contribute to reduced energy costs; they will save you significantly on heating and cooling your home.


Think color for your next roof

If you have a color scheme that leaves you wanting more, choosing vibrant and brightly colored roofing can give your entire home a facelift. Traditional looks beg for strong hues of black, gray, and brown, while those who seek more color adventure might opt for something in a green or red shade. Tying your whole look together with some landscape details will add some curb appeal to your property.


Think about energy efficiency when choosing materials

Take into consideration your geographical area and what type of weather you experience over the course of the year. Those who live in warmer temperatures will want to seek out roofing materials that deflect heat and light away from your roof, thus reducing cooling costs. Conversely, if you live in an area where temperatures drop in the fall and winter months, consider a roof that will trap heat and allow it to circulate throughout your home, keeping you comfortable year-round.


Don’t forget Mother Nature and her unpredictability

Protect your home by choosing strong and sturdy options, particularly if you live in an area prone to hurricanes and high winds. Most roofing materials can stand a moderate pounding from rain, hail, sleet, and strong winds. Slate, concrete, and metal roofs are all becoming more popular as people seek to fortify their homes and take advantage of the long lifespan of each of these materials. The appearance of many of these materials resembles traditional rooflines. With a wide variety of both style and color options, the sky’s the limit when putting the crowning touches on your home.


Need some more advice? We’re happy to help!

Len’s Roofing professionals are committed to quality service. They bring integrity, knowledge, and expertise into every aspect of roofing. We have every step of your new project covered, from minor repair, maintenance, and inspection to removal and installation. Contact us today for a comprehensive assessment of your roof; visit for more information or call us at 941-896-7897. 


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