Pitch – The pitch of your roof is a major factor of what materials you should use.
Where you live – Some materials are best applied to roofs in certain areas of the country.
Cost – Which roofing materials will work the best for you and what the cost of materials and labor will run.
Maintenance – how much maintenance is involved and how long before the roof will need to be replaced
When you are looking for contractors to apply a roof for you there are some factors that you need to keep in mind. The most important factor that cannot be expressed enough is to make sure that they are licensed and that the contractor and their workers are insured.
Next you will want to research which products will be best for the pitch of your roof and the warranties that they carry. The different types of roofing materials include slate, cedar shakes, tile, membrane, shingles and steel. Cost might also be a major factor for you. The more homework you do on your part will help you when hiring and speaking to a contractor. When you find a contractor who specializes in the type of roofing that you have decided to use, ask for contacts of other home-owners or businesses who have hired them in the past. Find out if they stayed within the quoted price and if they have had any problems with their newly applied roof.
You might want to take a drive around your area and look at homes and businesses. Look to see what people are using who have a similar pitched roof as you. See which style you like the best and also check to see if it is commonly used. Choosing a light colored roofing material will help to repel sunlight and help with the cooling costs so your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard.
Taking the time to learn about the different products and researching contractors before you hire them will enable you to get the job done quickly and correctly.