Choosing the right roofing materials for your Texas home can be a difficult decision. The outcome affects your home’s aesthetics, durability, energy efficiency, and value – and let’s not forget your pocket book. Here are some tips to help you an informed choice curated by Alon Roofing’s experts:
Consider the Weather
Texas is known for being hot, but some parts can still expect some snowfall from year to year. Let’s not forget the occasional hailstorms. Materials like asphalt shingles or metal fit the environment best due to their waterproof and protective properties against snow.
Different roofing materials will have different lifespans. The most durable is a common question we get asked which you can read about on our FAQ page. Consider whether or not you want to invest in a roofing system that will last for many years without frequent repairs or replacements.
Your budget is crucial factor in selecting roofing materials. The more economical, asphalt shingles can last up to 25 years, whereas your metal roofs can last 100+ years but come with a heftier price tag. A typical home in San Antonio will do just fine with an asphalt shingled roof.
The roofing material you choose should complement your home’s architectural style and enhance its curb appeal. Weigh the color, texture, and design options available for each material option and consider how they’ll look with the rest of your home’s exterior.
Roofing materials can significantly impact your home’s energy efficiency. Some materials, such as cool roofing options like reflective metal or asphalt shingles, can help reduce cooling costs by reflecting more sunlight and absorbing less heat.
Understand the service requirements need for your chosen roof material. Some, like wood shingles or shakes, may require regular maintenance and periodic treatments to prevent decay or mold growth.
Local Building Codes
If you’re wanting a roof material that’s different than your neighborhood, it may not be approved with local building codes. Check with your local building authorities to ensure that the roofing material you choose meets all applicable building codes and regulations in your area. Some materials may be restricted due to fire safety or other concerns.
Not all roofing materials weigh the same. Ensure that your home’s structure can support the weight of the chosen material, especially if you’re considering heavier options like slate or clay tiles.
Warranty and Manufacturer Reputation
Warranties these days come with a lot of exceptions. Be sure to research what is actually covered by the roofing material’s manufacturer as well as their reputation for quality and customer service.
If you’re concerned about sustainability, investigate eco-friendly roofing materials like metal, clay, or recycled shingles. These recyclable materials can help reduce the environmental footprint of your home and serve as a great choice for someone planning on going solar.
Consult a Professional
It’s advisable to consult with a roofing contractor like Alon Roofing who can provide expert guidance based on your specific needs, local conditions, and budget. Within the span of a thirty minute phone appointment, one of our consultants will be able to determine the best options for your home.
Get Multiple Quotes
Before making a final decision, obtain quotes from multiple roofing contractors. Make sure the comparisons are weighed equally (same materials, installation estimates, workmanship warranties, reviews etc.). This will help you make the most informed choice.