If you are wondering what it matters if you choose one roofing material or another while making your plans of new roof installation the answer is without a doubt: yes! Different roofing materials mean different things to the longevity, quality, and environmental friendliness of your roof as well as your own personal opinion of the roof. Whether we like to admit it or not, the types of roofs on a home or building impact how well we like the overall look of that building.
Seriously, have you ever looked at a gorgeous home with a hideous roof and wondered why it is that you really don’t like this house that would otherwise be perfect? How about a rather plain home that has a lovely tile or slate roof that makes you take a second look when otherwise nothing about the exterior of the home would attract you. Roofing materials make a difference in how much or little you like the entire building. If you don’t believe me, take a drive around town and find the homes that you like and those you do not. Now, pay attention to the roof and see if there are certain similarities in the roofs of the homes you like as well as the ones you do not like. You might be surprised at what you discover.
Did you know that the right roofing can make your home a much greener place to live? It’s true, even if your roof is black, white, or even green. Choosing the right roofing materials can make a huge impact on how much it costs to heat and/or cool your home. Lowering energy consumption also lowers the amount of waste that is produced in the creation of that energy. Other building materials, such as tile or slate have a long life cycle which means they will need to be removed and/or replaced far less frequently. Finally, roofs that are made of metal can be completely recycled when all is said and done. Furthermore, metal roofs can be installed over existing roofs which reduces the waste that is created.
As mentioned above, some roofing materials simply last longer than others. When you consider the roofing cost involved in roofing with these long lasting materials compared to the roof repair cost of frequent roof replacements you might find that costlier materials are a bargain in the long run. Of course, this is only a wise investment if you plan to stay in your home or with your business location for quite a while. Otherwise you are giving the new owners a bonus once you decide to sell.
All in all, yes, roofing materials make a huge difference and are worth considering carefully when the time comes to build your home or replace your roof.