When you were buying your home, did you ask any questions about the roof? How long ago was it installed? Did the home inspector detect any leaks? Many inspectors can tell you how long ago your roof was installed just by looking at it, but even a brand new roof can have leaks; suffering damage from rain, wind or hail storms.
Many roofs on today’s production homes can be of a lower quality, especially when homes are being built by larger-volume builders. They are fairly standard roofing solutions.This is why all home buyers should know the basics and be aware of their options if they want to upgrade their roof or purchase a custom-built house. Here are a few options that can help you make the right choice for roofing materials for your home.
The most common type of roofing material used for new homes today is asphalt shingles, which are used roughly 70 percent the time. A cost effective solution, standard asphalt shingles will last 20 to 25 years, while the slightly more costly mid-grade shingles might last a few years longer.
How well they wear depends on the climate, weather, debris and other factors such as whether anyone walks on the roof.
Another roofing material used for new construction homes is concrete tiles. Concrete tiles are similar in the way they’re made to concrete pavers often used for driveways or walkways. They are quite durable and look great. However, water can seep underneath, so this type of roof is constructed with a water-proofing membrane as an underlayment to create a barrier against moisture.
Concrete tiles also are heavier than asphalt shingles, so the roof system must be sturdy enough to support this type of material. Concrete tiles may also have a longer lifespan than asphalt shingles. Concrete tiles can crack if they are walked on, whereas footsteps are more likely only to smudge asphalt shingles on a hot day.
Green Roofing Solutions
If you are purchasing a pre-existing home, the roof will always need a closer inspection. But if you are in the market for a custom home, you may be choosing from many options from your builder; including slate, ceramic tile or metal for a more modern design. These materials are more costly, but are highly durable and practically fireproof.
Another high-end option is a butterfly roof, which inverts the typical peaked design and instead lifts the edges of the roof above the low point in the middle.
And when you move, be sure to contact Direct Home Connect to relocate all of your utilities and home services. We can even provide a recommendation for roofing solutions including replacement or repair. Call today to learn more!