Archive for September, 2016

Garner’s Guide for Choosing the Right Materials for Your Roof

Monday, September 12th, 2016

garner's roof material guide
Time and weather elements take a toll on roofs, eventually requiring replacement, but choosing new roofing material requires more than just picking something that looks good. Several factors go into choosing between the various types of roofing materials. Different types of roofs and roof angles play a role in selecting the best options for your roofing project.

Understanding the pros and cons of each roofing material and how those features fit with the type of roof on your home helps you narrow down the options.


Roofing Considerations

You know looks aren’t everything, but what does matter when it comes to choosing roofing materials? The features of your home, and in particular your roof, play a role in the material that will work best. Here are some considerations when choosing materials for various types of roofs:

What are the environmental or climate issues that might affect the type of roofing material? Hurricanes, wildfires, snow and salty air are examples. A local roofing expert is a great resource for recommending materials suitable for your specific location.


  • How much weight can your existing roof hold? Some materials, such as slate, are very heavy and need a strong support system to work. This may require additional reinforcements for proper installation.


  • Is the roof’s slope steep or low? Certain roofing materials won’t work on a roof with a very low or very steep roof.


  • What style of roof does your home have?


  • What is the existing roofing material? Does that material fit your needs? If you aren’t happy with the durability or look of your current roofing material, explore the other options to see if they are a good fit for your roof type.


  • What is the expected life span of the materials you are considering? Choosing a material with a long life span saves you money overall and keeps your roof looking great, which boosts your overall curb appeal.


  • What type of maintenance does the material require? Are repairs easy, or do you have to replace the entire roof if something goes wrong?


  • What is your budget? Keep in mind that a new roof is an investment. Spending a little more upfront can save you money in the long run by giving you a long-lasting durable roof.