The Roof of your House; can it really have an Effect on your Home’s Curb Appeal?

In most cases, the roof of your house is a very visible, dominant feature.  If you change anything on the roof, the color, the shape, or the type of coverage, that change will immediately transform the appearance of your property.

Since your roof installation is the most visible and largest feature of the home’s exterior, it seems plausible to give it close attention when upgrading and improving your house.  The roof of your home plays an important part of the overall curb-appeal of your house.

How can you give your Roof that Extra bit of Eye-Catching, to set your home apart from the neighborhood?

  1. Change the Colour of your roof:

Pressure-washing can clean a dust-covered roof and freshen up its color.  This is an inexpensive improvement that will liven up a tired-looking property.

Replace sun-bleached roof tiles.  Choose out of new colors and types of tiles to fit the rest of your house.

Paint your roof.  You can choose out of a variety of colors, getting the best match for the exterior of your home.

  1. Change the Shape of your roof.

Changing the shape of the roof is a more radical alteration and will also be more expensive.  This change can, however, have a very dramatic impact.  For example, you can increase the pitch of the roof.  It will change the whole outlook of your home.  You can even fit a loft room extension inside the higher pitched roof.

  1. Change the Roofing Material.

Different types of roofing materials create different effects.  The correct choice of roof covering will definitely enhance your home’s overall look.  You can choose a roof covering that will go together with the outside exterior you want to create on your house.

  1. Repairing the gutters and downpipes.

A freshly changed roof will surely need its gutters to get a new fresh start too.  Check for sagging and missing shingles.  Repair what needs repairing.  Also, give the gutters and downpipes a fresh painting.

  1. Add a Porch.

This will give a lot of character to the whole of your home and as far as being an ‘extension’ of the roof; will definitely draw the attention towards the rest of the roof.  This will be a sure thing to steal the attention away from the rest of the neighborhood’s homes.

A roof update remains a certain way to give the appearance and value of your home, a serious boost.  A great looking roof will definitely draw a lot of attention and increase the curb-value of your home, making it the envy of the neighborhood.

Installing a new roof? How do you choose the best materials for your roof?

One of the most important parts of your home is the roof.  It is your first defence against the elements of nature.  It gives shelter against rain, hail, ice storms, and snow.  It also keeps you in the shade when the sun is hot and protects you from the wind.  A roof can suffer great havoc in a storm event.

Information about different types of roofs and how they perform during adverse weather events:

Tiles:  Tiles are versatile and come in a variety of textures and colors.  A tile roof can last up to 50 years and longer.  Tiles are durable in all kinds of weather, extreme heat, as well as, extreme cold.  They are also fire resistant.

One of the downsides of tiles is their weight.  Tiles are heavy and therefore certain house structures will need additional support structures.  Installing costs are also higher than that of other types of roofing.  Tiles that shift can cause roof leaks, but, a properly maintained roof should not cause problems.

Metal (colourbond roofs and tin):  Metal is commonly used in older houses, Victorian and Edwardian style homes, as well as, in commercial buildings.  These roofs are versatile and energy efficient.  They can add character and style to modern buildings.  They last about 30 years.

Installation costs are comparably high for metal roofs.  Flat metal roofs do not allow for ceiling insulation, which can be a downside.

Shingles:  Shingles can be made of many different materials; mostly they consist of asphalt or fibreglass.  You do get a paper and wood-based shingles, but because they are not fire resistant, you won’t find many in Melbourne or the whole of Australia.  Shingles are lightweight and this can reduce costs on structural walls.

Installing shingles will be less expensive than tiles or metal.  They are also easy to repair and come in a wide range of colors and styles.  A shingle roof will last around 30 years.  If properly installed, your shingle roof will turn out to be low maintenance.

Green Roofs:  These roofs consist of a layer of insulation, waterproofing, and pebbles and plants for drainage.  Basically, you have a garden on your roof.  Green roofs control water run-off and reduce a building’s energy costs.  Green roofs look beautiful and will reduce your carbon footprint.

Costs of installing green roofs are variable and there is no evidence of how long they last.

A tiled roof is beautiful and will last you longest in all types of weather conditions.  Tiles are usually made of concrete or clay.  The tiles come in different shapes, for example, curved, fluted and interlocking.

Your tiled roof can withstand fire damage, is resistant to any kind of rot or insects, can withstand all types of weather, it regulates your indoor temperature and requires almost no maintenance.

And lastly, but not least, a tile roof is environmentally friendly and is recyclable.

Tips on how to decide which Tile Roof Restoration Company to hire for your Repairs:

Even though a roof is a component of your home that usually lasts thirty to fifty, and even more, years, it needs to be maintained and inspected regularly, to find possible problems before they get out of hand.  For the visible areas of the roof, you can do the checking for yourself, but for interior and non-visible areas, you will need to hire a professional roofing company.

Tips on choosing a Tile Roof Restoration Company:

Preferably choose a local contractor.  Being local, the company would have established a reputation in the community.  There would be word of mouth references on the quality of their services, the promptness of completing a job, and their professionalism when dealing with clients.

Do Research on the Price for the services you are going to need.  The cheaper price is not always the way to go.  The roof is an important and expensive part of your home.  A slightly higher quote might just ensure the best quality of the materials used as well as the professionalism of the roofers that will work on the job.

Make sure that the company has Certificates on worker’s compensation and public liability insurance.  This ensures that part of the costs of the services and of the roof is protected with the security of this coverage.

Get the details of the services required, and the time it is going to take, in writing.  Discuss the costs beforehand and work out the terms of payment if need be.  The final payment should be made only when everything is done to your satisfaction.

Find out about warranties on the quality of the materials that are going to be used.  Also, make sure that a written Guarantee is issued on completion.

From the start of negotiations, communication is very important.  Keeping you up to date with the progress of the work, and any problems that might occur will build trust in the workmanship, and professionalism of the company.

The Versatility of a Roof Material and its Ultimate Function:

The roof of your home forms part of the building envelope, and it covers the uppermost part of the building.  The building envelope provides you shelter from the environment surrounding your outer home, where the roof would be the first defence against rain, hail, snow, frost, wind and the sun.

There are three design elements present in the construction of a roof:

  1. The Material; of a roof can be anything that is available, and it will also depend on the type of dwelling, or home it needs to cover. Where this home or dwelling is situated in the world will also indicate what materials can and will be used.  Materials may range from, straw and seagrass, banana leaves, laminated glass, aluminium sheeting, copper, pre-cast concrete, ceramic tiles and still so much more.
  2. The Construction; is determined by the amount of support it might need, for instance, tiles that are quite heavy, will need more support, and if the roof has a pitch or is flat. Banana leaves won’t work on a high pitch and our modern type homes, but, it will do well on a dwelling made of nature’s offerings.  Some types of roof need a higher pitch, for example, a thatch roof, and others, like pan tiles, will be unstable on too high a pitch.

A flat roof, with a slight run-off, will do fine where there are little rain falls.  Drainpipes also help with the drainage of water which makes the slope of your roof irrelevant.

  1. The Durability; of a home’s roof can become problematic because it is normally the highest part of your home and not easily accessible. If it is damaged by a storm event or should develop an age-related problem, it might turn out to be a costly affair to do repairs or renewals.

When choosing a home, it would be fortuitous to have the roof inspected before purchase and if you are building your own home, do research to make the right decision for roofing in your area.