So, you’re building a new house or thinking about replacing your current roof? A new roof is an important long-term investment and should be carefully considered and planned, ideally with the advice of specialists, before you start buying materials or hiring contractors.
Here, our team at JP Franklin Roofing share a few things to consider when choosing a new roof.
Existing roof style and condition
The condition and style of your existing roof will play a part in how much money and time you need to spend on a new roof. For example, if old materials need to be stripped off or if the frame needs repairs, it will work out more expensive. Also, the shape of the roof is a contributing factor to time and cost. If it has multiple chimneys, ‘valleys’, skylights, etc., this will push the price up. The angle of the slope (‘pitch’) of your roof may also limit your choice of roofing materials.
The materials you can choose will depend on the type of roof you have. The structure of your home and the roof frame will also play a role as they may not be strong enough to carry the load of heavier materials. When thinking about materials, you’ll want to consider the cost, colour, texture, weight, and durability of each material and its suitability for your home.
For more information on different roof materials, check out our blog post: Choose The Best Materials For Your Roof
Make sure you choose a roof design (if building a new home) and roofing materials that will withstand all weather conditions you may encounter in the future. Do your homework now so you don’t have issues further down the line. Also think about the direction your property faces and its exposure to sun, wind, and rain, etc..
Choose a material and finish that will stand the test of time rather than going for short-term fads and fashions or a material that is likely to lose its aesthetic appeal in a few years’ time.
Some roofs last longer than others and this can be a significant factor in overall costs. Also, think about how much you are happy to maintain your roof. Will you keep on top of cleaning your roof and seeing to broken tiles or bubbling shingles? Carefully research the materials you are considering to see their expected life-span and exactly what’s involved in their ongoing maintenance. Some roofing materials, such as tile, are more costly upfront, but may work out to be cheaper and easier in the long run due high durability and/or low-maintenance costs.
Finally, make sure you choose a licensed roofing contractor with plenty of experience with your particular type of roof.
Contact our team at JP Franklin Roofing if you would like to discuss your particular roof or your project requirements. We are happy to offer free advice.
Why Choose JP Franklin For Your New Roof or Roof Replacement?
JP Franklin are a reliable and trustworthy roofing contractor in Auckland. We have a solid reputation and fully guarantee all our work. We are industry experts with a dedicated team of fully licensed specialists and we are committed to our customers; always listening and delivering according to your needs. We work to the highest standards, using quality materials and artistry and we don’t cut corners.