You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
If you are in the process of building your home, the roof is one aspect where you don't want to cut corners. When considering the details of the roof, think ahead so that the roof you choose will serve the house for decades to come.
1. Green Materials
Consider the environmental impact of the materials that you choose for your roof before construction begins. Asphalt roofs made from recycled materials are relatively eco-friendly, although they do contain petroleum products. Metal and clay roofs are other green options. Metal has a long working life, can be insulated to provide energy efficiency, and can be recycled once it is time to replace the roof. Tile roofs can be green if they are made from sustainably mined natural clay, and they also have a long working life.
2. Solar Upgrades
Many homeowners and municipalities are moving toward green energy. This may mean that you will eventually decide to place solar panels on the roof. If this is a possibility, plan for it during home construction. Your roofer can install supports at the outset for a possible solar rack, which means there will be no need to drill through shingles and open up possible leaks later. Planned solar upgrades can also affect your materials choice. For example, metal and clay tile roofs are often a better option to use with solar panels due to their durability and longevity.
3. Better Insulation
The best time to insulate a roof is during its initial construction after the decking is put on but before rafters are walled off and areas are sealed closed. A well-insulated roof leads to less energy loss and lower heating and cooling costs. It can also help prevent ice dams that could lead to major leaks later. You can have insulation installed in the roof cavity. There are also insulated roofing shingles and metal panels that can be chosen to increase insulative values.
4. Increased Ventilation
Better ventilation ensures that hot, moist air doesn't get trapped in the attic and lead to a hot house or moisture issues. Ventilation is also another component that helps prevent ice dam formation. Your roofer can assess your new home and determine the exact ventilation needs, base upon the roof design and square footage. This way the right amount of vents are installed before the main roof is put on.
Contact a new roofing construction company near you to learn more about the options available.