There are so many options when it comes to choosing a roofing or siding material for your home. It can seem like a daunting task. Appearance, cost, ease of installation, life span, value, and maintenance are all factors in choosing the right material. United Restoration Colorado Springs recommends that you prioritize which factors are most important to you, and make your decisions accordingly. Are you willing to pay more for a cedar shake roof, or will you be content with a less-expensive asphalt shingle that imitates shakes? Are you willing to paint your wood siding every 7 to 10 years, or do you prefer a maintenance-free exterior? These are just a few of the questions that you should decide upon.
So now you’ve chosen your roofing materials, you’ll still need to choose a roofing style and color. For example, asphalt roofing is available in a seemingly endless number of colors and styles, from red scallops to green dimensional to gray three-tab shingles. Vinyl siding colors are constantly changing, and the styles range from Dutch lap to double 3″ clapboard, to shakes, to board and batten.
Are you having a tough time deciding on roofing and siding styles and colors? Architectural features on the house, and even other materials already installed on the house, can help in your decision making. Stucco siding and clay roofing are a natural fit. Brick siding and metal roofing complement each other. Vinyl siding and asphalt shingles are a popular combination. If you are still having a tough time deciding, contact us here, we’ll be glad to help.
Because most roof and siding materials last for decades, you’ll be living with your decision for a very long time. Take your time looking at different products, weighing their advantages and any disadvantages, before finalizing your decision.
Price: For most homeowners, the cost of materials is one of the deciding factors in selecting roofing or siding. Prices are as varied as the products themselves and can differ from region to region. When adding up the costs for your project, consider everything you’ll need to complete the job—not just the main roofing or siding materials. In most cases, you’ll also need to purchase flashing, trim, and fasteners.
Depending on your tool arsenal, you may need to buy new tools. Some installation processes require specialty tools that you probably wouldn’t otherwise have. If you’re installing clay roofing, you’ll need a diamond saw blade (shown below). For brick or stucco siding, mason’s tools are needed. Shipping and delivery charges, and special-order costs can also impact your budget. Find out about these costs before settling on a product.
Slate, clay, and copper are generally the most expensive roofing products, followed by metal, cedar shakes and shingles, organic asphalt, fiberglass asphalt, and then roll roofing. Brick and stone are at the high end of the siding price scale, followed by stucco, fiber cement, wood shakes and shingles, wood lap, and vinyl, in that order.
If you’re married to a particular look but can’t afford the real thing, consider less expensive substitutes. The look and features of many premium roofing and siding products are now replicated in other materials. Some metal roofs mimic the more expensive slate, and some asphalt shingles look like the higher priced wood shakes. For siding, one of the least-expensive products—vinyl—is now designed to imitate wood lap, wood shingles, or wood scallops. In some cases, just changing the species of wood can save a significant cost. For example, log cabin siding in pine is much more affordable than the same cabin siding in cedar.
It’s important to shop around and compare prices. Visit distribution centers, lumberyards, and home improvement stores to find the best deals.
United Restoration in Colorado Springs
The installation, repair or replacement of a roof is an investment in the value of your home, and the homeowner should be equipped with the most comprehensive information available before deciding which options to use. Building contractors such as United Restoration Colorado Springs, who specialize in roofing have expertise in the various roofing materials as well as knowledge of the local conditions in Colorado Springs and other areas in Colorado, United Restoration understands the climate and problems particular to the region. A consultation with United Restoration will provide you, the homeowner with an inspection report and an estimate on the required work. Contact us today if you think your roof needs repair or replacement, the sooner you do, the better off you’ll be.