Need a New Roof? Avoid Disappointment.
April 27, 2020
If you’re planning on a new roof this year, our advice is to start that planning now by identifying what you want and need in a new roof. We’ll call that your “Purchasing Criteria”.
With some extra downtime and an extended home improvement season NOW is the perfect time to start.
Determine Your What You Want and Need in a New Roof
Your Purchasing Criteria should identify exactly what you want to accomplish with your new roof. By doing your research now and clearly defining the benefits or features you’d like in your new roof, you can avoid later disappointment. Think of buying a roof as being similar to buying a new car – you always research carefully in advance to determine what you want to accomplish with your new vehicle, right? A new roof should be a very similar process.
For help envisioning your home with a new roof and what you’d like it to accomplish, here is a list of things that wise homeowners often make decisions on:
Design Aesthetics. Your roof is a major design element of your home, and in most cases, is one of the most visible aspects of the architecture and curb appeal For a roof that complements the style of your home in the finish and colors you want, it’s important to have choices. The most common roofing materials (asphalt) don’t add much to the beauty of your home. With the look of shingles, shakes, and classic standing seam in a wide variety of colors, Kassel & Irons metal roofing gives you those choices.
Long-Life Durability. If you intend to live in your home for 10+ years, then durability may mean a great deal to your decision. Otherwise, it may mean less.
Fire Safety. Larger areas of the country seem prone to firestorms these days. If you’re in one of those areas, then a roof that is non-combustible may be part of your criteria. Additionally, our Kassel & Irons roofing systems weigh about ⅓ of what most roofing materials weigh, making collapse, less likely should a fire occur. Learn more about metal roofing and fire safety here.
Wind Resistance. Similar to fire safety, if high winds tend to be a problem in your area or if hurricanes threaten you on a regular basis, then a metal roof with interlocking panels will provide the protection you appreciate.
Energy Efficiency. Homeowners who live in hot climates or who are very sensitive to the operating costs of their home will often seek metal roofs with reflective coatings and even integral thermal breaks to reduce their summer energy costs by up to 20% or more. Here’s a list of 9 Ways Metal Roofing from Kassel & Irons can reduce your energy spend.
Environmental Footprint. Some homeowners love the idea of a roof that is manufactured with recycled content. Will that be one of your criteria?
The above is a starting list. The point is, though, to avoid a decision you will later regret, decide now what you’d like to accomplish with your new roof.
Additional help in establishing your Purchasing Criteria is available in 10 minutes or less with our free, handy Roofing Needs Profiler. It’s another great place to start.
We hope you have the opportunity to be better prepared when you do decide to re-roof your home. We will be honored if you wish to work with us to help determine what sort of product is best for you and your home. Please let us know how we can be of help, without obligation.