Which Colorado Springs Roofing Material is Right for Your Home?
When you’re replacing your roofing, either because the roofing isn’t in good repair or you’d just like to make your home more attractive, the first decision you’ll have to make is the type of Colorado Springs roofing material you want to use. A number of factors will go into this decision, including your budget, your energy efficiency needs, and the appearance and architecture of your home. You should consider the decision very carefully. This can’t be changed very easily, or very cheaply.
Our Colorado Springs roofing contractors can help you with this decision and go into more of the details of each type and your specific roof. But here are a few things that you can keep in mind when trying to decide:
The architectural design of your home.
The first thing to consider is what professionals call the “pitch” of your roof. More simply put, the pitch is the angle at which your roof slopes. A higher pitch is a steeper angle, and vice-versa. If you have a lower pitch (or flatter roof), there are some materials that you can choose that will help your roof drain water more easily. The flatter your roof is, the more help you’ll need from your Colorado Springs roofing material.
Also look at the placement of any chimneys, pipes, or roof intersection (where two different slopes of the roof meet). Anything that causes a break in the lining of your roof will make the roof replacement a little more complicated, and probably a little more expensive. So take these into consideration when you’re planning your budget.
The aesthetic style and design of your home.
You’ll also want to consider how the Colorado Springs roofing material will match (or clash with) your home’s design. You wouldn’t want to install cedar shakes, for instance, on a southern colonial home. But cedar shakes work well with plenty of styles and can add a rustic, natural feeling to the design. Asphalt shingles are the most aesthetically versatile material, and they’ll look fine on nearly any style of home. That’s part of what makes them the most popular roofing material, along with their…
Cost and efficiency.
Asphalt shingles are the most popular material in part because they’re the least expensive. Cost is one important factor to consider, especially if you’re on a budget. But don’t forget, some more expensive Colorado Springs roofing materials will last longer and need few repairs. So spending more upfront can save you money in the long run.
Overview of materials:
Asphalt shingles, as we stated above, don’t have as long of a lifespan as other materials. But they can be a cost-effective option, since they’re easy and relatively inexpensive to repair and replace.
Cedar shakes are more expensive, but they can last up to 30 years or more. And they can be stained or painted to change their appearance to match your home.
Concrete tile roofing is increasing in popularity. It’s very durable and can help out a lot with energy efficiency.
Metal roofing, which is available in many different types of metal, can also help with energy efficiency if it’s properly installed. And with proper maintenance, metal roofing can last a lifetime.