The Top of Your Home: A Roofing Blog

Three Pointers When Trying To Choose A New Roof

The end of summer is the perfect time to get a new roof installed in Australia. The unpredictable summer storms have passed, and now there is fairly settled weather leading into winter. As someone who is trying to decide what type of new roof to get, you don't even know where to start your considerations because you have never had to choose a new roof before. Here are three pointers which will help you narrow down a roof which is perfect for your house and your budget.

Style And Colour Of House

For the majority of modern homes, the popular choice is a Colorbond sheet roof in a range of dark colours. However, this style of roof does not necessarily suit an older-style home. For example, if you are replacing the roof on a 100-year-old Queenslander, than a tile roof suits this style of building more. Have a talk to your roofing contractor to find out what choices they recommend for your property based on the options available. Whichever choice you make, be sure to choose a colour that ties in nicely with the existing colour scheme of your home. You don't want to be left with a visual clash that is the talking point of your neighbours.

Weather And Climate

Another factor when considering your new roof type is the weather and climate at your home's location. For example, in Queensland, summer storms can be violent and come with heavy rainfall and wind. Therefore, a Queensland home requires a roof that is strong, can withstand flying debris, and also moves water away quickly. However, if you live in a climate where there is not a lot of rain, and the conditions are hot and dry, then you need a roof that reflects the sun's rays so that your home remains cool. Your roofing contractor can give you roof material options to suit your particular location.

Maintenance Needs

Finally, the maintenance requirements for your roof also need to be taken into consideration when determining the roofing material. If you are a retired person, for example, you are unlikely to want to get up the ladder to inspect the roof for damage every couple of months. In this instance, you would choose a roofing type that only requires annual maintenance that you could hire a contractor to take care of.

Use these three pointers as a starting point for discussions with your roofing contractor. Then, once you have decided upon a roof type, all you need to do is decide on when to get it installed.