Think of residential roofing systems like a hat for your house, only a really important hat without which everything would fall apart quicker than you can say “I should never have gone with the discount shingles!”
It’s not your job to be a roofing expert, of course. That’s why professionals like our team at Hopewell Roofing & Restoration exist, to give you the peace of mind only professionals can supply. Still, we always want to help you make the best choices in your life and for your home, and that means staying informed. Here’s a quick insider’s guide to help you do just that:
First and foremost, it’s critical you pay attention to roofing materials. Good materials pave the way for structural integrity and a roof life of 20 to 50 years. The wrong materials, on the other hand, may simply mean more problems in just a few years. When you’re looking for materials, here’s what to keep in mind:
- Type: A huge range of materials exist for each part of the roof, from the joists to the decking, insulation to weatherproofing
- Manufacture location: Some parts of the world are better at making solid materials than others, so feel free to ask us
- Cost: Not too high, but not too low either
This last is especially important. Beware discount materials. We know the bottom line is important. No one wants to drain the contents of their bank account on some repair they didn’t even know they had to make. Nevertheless, if you want a solid roof, you must buy minimum quality materials at the very least. You can ask your roofing specialist what that means. They’ll help you find options that fit both your budget and your desire not to experience a cave-in. Both important, right?
Gutters, Ventilation and More, Oh My!
If you think of a roof as a thin patchwork of shingles across the top, that’s okay. It’s natural to picture only what we see from the road. However, that’s not all there is to a roof. When you have a repair or full roof replacement, your bid will need to account for many other systems as well. These include:
- Gutters to drain water away from the roof and ensure it does no damage to the foundation on the way down
- Ventilation systems to give heat, air and moisture a place to escape your home, without letting anything in
- Insulation to provide the proper heat and cold protection
- Overhangs to keep water and debris away from your home
… and more. The whole picture might be hard to visualize at first, but a quality roofing contractor will go over it with you before beginning the job.
Working with a Roofing Contractor
So just where do you find that quality roof contractor to help you with residential roofing systems? We’re glad you asked, and we would love to help you out here at Hopewell Roofing & Restoration. Our contractors are open, honest, patient and friendly. We would love to walk you through more specifics of roofing systems and help you make the best choice in residential roofing materials today. All you have to do is give us a call at 678.771.5372.