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The Homeowner's Guide to Choosing a Roof

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Are you someone that is clueless when it comes to choosing the specifics of your home? Don’t fret, because you are not alone. Many other Australians face a similar situation where they need to make a critical decision that will affect the long-term sustainability of their home, but they have no idea where to start. The most critical is choosing the right roofing solution for your home.

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We provide a guide that will bring you up to speed so you can be well informed when making your next roofing choice.

Choose the colour of your roof carefully.

Investing in the right roofing solution (whether it is metal or roofing shingles) can boost the visual appeal and property value.

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Some considerations to keep in mind include:

Investing in light or dark colours
The main concern homeowners have is the amount of heat retention. There are a few studies that have shown a temperature variation of ten degrees during the warmer months of the year. In theory, investing in lighter colours could also reduce your home’s energy consumption.

The colour that you choose for your roof will be permanent, so choose a colour that you will be happy with.
When you are investing in a shingles solution, the brick used on your property will be permanent. Compare the colours of your shingles carefully. Make sure that you compare the materials of the roofing to your exterior paint colours. If you are considering adding a different dimension to your roof with multiple colours, then you can add life into your home by toning down shingle colours.

Does the roof have enough slope?

The angle and shape of your roof could limit your roofing choices. The slope of the roof will affect the roof’s ability to shed water and provide proper drainage. This will be factored by the weather conditions of your area. If your area is subject to large amounts of rain, you will need to invest in a greater slope on your roof. Generally, the minimum slope is one-percent, however it will depend on your council’s building codes.

Will the roof be too heavy for the existing roof framing?

It is extremely important that your roofing frame supports the weight of your desired roofing solution. Failure to do so may result in your roof sagging, thus making the visual appeal of your roof seem unappealing. These defects can lead to costly repairs in the future.

Look at the roofs of the houses in your street.

Drive around your local area to view the properties and the roof designs that they have installed. Look out for any homes that have a similar build to yours and take snapshots of the style and colour elements that they are using on that property.

Have a look at online roof galleries.

Get inspired by taking a look at online images of roofs on Pinterest and to see the before and after work from roofing specialists in Melbourne.

Consider any harsh weather conditions your roof may face.

The Australian summer is notorious for harsh heat and sun conditions, as well as facing harsh storm conditions. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, there are several reports each year about the amount of hail that reaches large sizes and causes damage to roofs. Insurance companies advise homeowners to consider the toughness of their roofing material to know if it will be susceptible to hail damage. Most of the structural damage that is caused from hailstones tends to be permanent indentations to metal roofing, cracks to roof tiling and a build-up of hailstones to the gutter system.

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There are a few things you need to consider when making the correct roofing solution. Minor roofing faults can lead to water damage, which can be a very serious and expensive issue to fix. Use the provided guide to choose your roof wisely.

Article supplied by Aemilia Lvy

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