When planning to replace your roof, choosing the right style and material is important for several reasons. Roofs can complement the look and style of your home. More importantly, choosing the right roof can save you and your home from the elements, and save you money on energy bills and roofing repairs and maintenance.
Consider the climate in which you live when determining roofing materials to be used. For example, in the mid-Atlantic region asphalt shingle roofs are the most popular roofing material because of its availability in a wide variety of colors.
Cedar shake roofing is popular for its natural beauty and its protective properties as cedar resists common damage from the elements including sun, insects and moisture.
Metal roofing comes in virtually all color choices as tiles, shake, shingles, copper roofing, vertical paneling or standing seam roofing. Like the other choices, metal roofing is durable and can withstand the elements of the Northern Virginia area.
Synthetic roofing has been made to have the look of natural roofing such as cedar and slate, but it is easier to repair, lighter weight and highly fire-resistant.
Genuine slate roofing is another option for mid-Atlantic homeowners who want a no maintenance roofing product that lasts. Slate is naturally beautiful and comes in a variety of sizes, colors and shapes.
Besides materials, before replacing your roof you need to familiarize yourself with local building codes. These codes have to be considered because some zoning laws ban certain roofing materials. Also, determine your budget since the roofing materials on the market vary greatly in price. Last, think about the style of your home and the look you want from your roof.