Recognizing The Right Roofing

2 Variables That Influence Your Roofing Material Choice

When you are trying to decide what kind of roofing material you want on your roof, there are a lot of things that you are going to have to think about. Each of those variables can have a huge impact on your decision about the roofing material. So, what are some of the variables that you need to think about?


One of the things that you need to worry about is how heavy the roofing material is. While you think about your house being very strong and solid, the fact that is that there is a limit as to how much any part of your house can hold. Your foundation is designed to carry and support the entire weight of your house from the roof on down. The walls support the roof and any other levels to the building and carry that load down to the foundation. So, if you want to have something very heavy for your roofing, like slate or tile, then you are going to need to make sure that you have enough support throughout the entire building. The weight of everything needs to be balanced so that your house will stay true and plumb. If you are trying to retrofit your roof with heavier roofing material, make sure you talk to your roofer about what you can do in order to make that possible. 


Another thing that you need to think about what kind of climate you are living in. Not all roofing materials are good for all kinds of climates. For example, terra cotta tiles tend to do really well in the American Southwest because of their climate, but aren't necessarily so good in New England. So, if you want to go with those tiles and you live in New England, then you would want to talk to your roofing contractor about roofing materials that can be made so that they look like they are those traditional terra cotta barrel tiles. The nice thing is that there are composites that can be used that will look like those tiles. The composites are lighter and can stand up to the weather better than other terra cotta tiles do. 

If you are trying to find out what kind of roofing you want to use at your house, there are some variables that will go into influencing your decision. Those variables are really important. Contact Rams Roofing & Restoration LLC for more.