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Top Factors When Choosing a New Roof

If your roof has become damaged or aged beyond repair, or if you’re simply looking to install a new roof for aesthetic purposes, there are several top factors that you should bear in mind when choosing a new roof for your Sydney home. These include factors such as where you live and local weather conditions, the style and design of your home, and your budget.

Weather conditions

The type of roof you opt for will most likely be influenced by the weather conditions of your local area. High humidity and high heat, for example, can be partially offset by roof that offers excellent insulation. On the other hand, those who live in areas that see heavy rain will want to ensure that their new roof is able to withstand storms – and that it has the necessary design to make sure that water runs off the roof rather than pooling there. If your home is in a fire danger zone, a heat resistant roof can be something that you may wish to consider. You may also wish to look into other options that can be employed to make your roof fire resistant, such as special paints and coatings.

Home style and design

The style of your home is one of the top factors when it comes to choosing a new roof for your home. Certain roof types do not work aesthetically when paired with certain architectural designs; similarly, some types of building structures may not be designed to withstand the weight of very heavy roofing types. In addition, roofs that are stepped or angled or have a very high pitch may have limitations in terms of the types of roofing materials that they are able to sustain. This is also true of roofs that have additional design features such as chimneys, skylights, dormers, turrets and so on. In many cases the current roof of your home can be a good indicator about the kind of roofing that you may end up choosing – if it is an original roof, it may be the optimum choice for your home’s load-bearing ability and location.

Your roof budget

Price is likely to be one of the top factors when choosing a new roof for your home. A new roof represents a significant investment, and depending on the type of material that you choose, can become quite a large purchase. However, when setting your budget, it’s worth thinking long-term. Some cheaper options may actually work out to be more expensive in the long run due to having greater repair needs and a shorter lifespan.

On the other hand, some initially more expensive options such as slate can last over a century, and can actually increase the overall value of your property as well. The overall cost of the structure will be heavily influenced by the design of your property, so keep your options open until you have enough information to make an informed decision about your new roof.

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