1. How much weight can your roof hold?
This is a vital piece of information that will determine what type of roof you should add to your home. If, for example, you have an older property that has had a shingle roof, the structure may not be able to withstand construction that utilises heavier materials, such as clay tiles. Constructing a roof that is too heavy for your home can lead to sagging that jeopardizes structural integrity and cause damage to both the interior and exterior of your property. To establish how much weight your home can hold, arrange for a professional to carry out a roof inspection. They will be able to advise which materials are most suitable for you.
2. How do you want your house to look?
It may seem obvious, but the profile and colour of your roof will have a significant impact on the overall appearance of your home, especially if the roof is pitched. Your roof should suit and accentuate the type of property it is on, as well as its exterior decoration. There are a huge variety of coverings available that can help you achieve any aesthetic. If your home is traditional in style, a classic profile such as red tiling can provide the perfect finish. If your house is a more modern construction however, you may decide that contemporary, flat profiled tiles are more appropriate. You may also want to take into consideration the style of the surrounding architecture and whether your home should keep to say style.
3. Does the ceiling need to be replaced?
The ceiling is the layer that sits under the primary roof covering. It is designed to prevent water and moisture from entering the roof structure. If this protective layer is damaged, worn, leaking or simply ineffective due to age, it must be replaced. If you are renewing your roof covering, it is often worthwhile to replace the ceiling at the same time. It is important to note that there are different kinds of ceilings, and which one you need will depend on your chosen roof design and covering material. Your roofer should be able to advise on the most appropriate ceiling for your property.
There may also be the opportunity to create an additional room for your home in the roof space. The professional carrying out your inspection should be able to advise you whether this is a feasible option.
4. What kind of climate will your roof be exposed to?
Your roof will need to withstand different conditions depending on where the property is. If you live along the coast, it is important to ensure you choose a roofing material that is resilient to the effects of harsh weather, high winds and salty air. If you are in an area that receives a lot of snow, your roof will need to be durable enough to take the weight of significant snowfall and provide effective frost resistance.
You may also want to consider whether your location offers opportunities to include energy generating solutions as part of your new roof. For homes that receive a lot of sun, solar technologies can support the energy needs of your home, reducing energy bills.
5. What additional products do you need to consider?
A roof is made up of more than its covering and it is important to remember the additional elements that support and contribute to the look and functionality of your roof. For example, gutters are available in a variety of colours to match your chosen style. Roof ridges and end caps can also be chosen in designs that suit your home. These can even be accessorised with decorations.
There are many ways to further enhance your roof. If the space is being used to provide an additional room in your home, rooflights offer an ideal solution for daylighting and natural ventilation. For homeowners looking to create a truly sustainable home, solar thermal, PV or even green roof options might be something to consider.