The typical roof might stay on top of your home for two decades, but fortunately, you don't have to check in on it every day during that time. Still, it's useful to know all that you should in regards to selecting, installing, or maintaining a roof. Keep reading to touch the tip of that iceberg.
Whether you're putting a new roof on an old home or building something new, you have generally five choices about how to cover it, although prices and availability will vary depending on the region. Asphalt shingles dominate the market in North America for their affordability, ease of use, and variety of colors and styles. Metal, with copper, in particular, is used a lot for either large sheets or shingle-style panels; aluminum and rolled steel are also common, but they need to be treated for rust-resistance. Wood shingles and shakes were used a lot in early America, and still sometimes get used for rustic appearances. Rigid mineral tiles are more common in states free of snow, but they have to be put in by professionals. The last category is synthetic tiles, as most of these brands weren't around a generation ago, but many of them can emulate the four other categories in appearance.
There are several factors other than what you use for roofing when putting a new roof up. For starters, what will the appearance of your home be like when it's done? Also, check local building codes and HOA bylaws for what you can and can't do. Also check into roof design and structural issues, because you don't want to put too much weight on a home. For that matter, you need to be able to not only get the materials you want but find someone who can install them. A roof shingles repair and Replacement is usually too much for even the hardiest DIY group, but it can sometimes be done.
Once you do have a new roof up, the maintenance and upkeep of it are going to be a consistent cycle of inspections, maintenance, keeping the drainage flowing, and record-keeping so you know what was done and when. This can help you out when you forget things years from now or need to decide on a new roof or not before selling the home.
The color you pick out will often be a combination of the style of your home, the color of your home, what's acceptable by neighborhood rules, and what's available to you on the current market. For the most part, many roofs are brown and black, but there are variations, and some home styles look a lot better with lighter colors, ranging from white to dark red.
Knowing all that you need to know about roofing can't happen in content this short. However, the main points you need to know are covered here, so hopefully, you know where to go and what to do from here. Your roof has your home covered, so make sure you get everything covered that you need to know.