Just as choosing the right hat makes a profound style statement, choosing the right roof for your house reflects greatly on your home. But, however much you want to customize the look and feel of your home’s roof, you must keep in mind the very important function a roof provides. As the primary protection of all that sits under it, seeking a professional contractor to provide the best possible structure is essential.
There are many roofing choices you can discuss with your roofing contractor. Price is always a consideration. Also needing discussion is the longevity of the roofing materials and the aesthetic appeal it will display so prominently. One rather lo-cost option is asphalt shingling. They come in a variety of colors and hues for customizing the look, but are easily damaged in extreme weather conditions.
Metal roofs are also relatively inexpensive, especially given that they can last over 50 years longer than most other roofing materials. The biggest drawback is that metal roofs offer little in aesthetic styling for your home.
If money is not a critical issue, then such things as pine shakes, old-world thatching, green, or environmentally friendly flat-roof vegetation styles are all intriguing possibilities to consider.
Once your decision is made, be doubly sure to investigate that your chosen roofing contractor is proficient at creating the style of roof you want. You should insist he furnish you with details and contact information to previous clients as proof of his ability to meet your roofing needs.
Your chosen contractor also needs to be willing to provide his bona fides as to the legitimacy of his business. He should prove he is managing all the necessary paperwork for code conformity and permits. Insist on written cost estimates and detailed lists of specialized material. A good contractor should also be expected to provide a reasonable length warranty on his work.
Also check to see what the insurance options are. Assure yourself of the substantiation of your project and the damage responsibilities. If your chosen style cannot be covered by your current insurance company, you may need to search out another that does or rethink the project completely.
By balancing out these three major considerations you should be able to safely feel your roofing investment was the best choice for the money spent. You should also find the finished roof to be a pleasing expression of your personal style as witnessed by your home.