Homeowner’s Guide to a New Roof: How to Weigh Your Options
A new roof is a big investment and a critical component of keeping your home well-insulated and looking beautiful. When you’re considering getting a new roof on your home, you’re going to want to ensure that you work with a trusted roofing contractor like RENCO Roofing. There are a lot of different factors that go into a roofing system, and each homeowner is going to have different needs and desires when it comes to what type of roof they want installed on their home.
Components of a Roofing System
Before considering what type of roof to install, you should know the basic roof components. Steep-slope roofing systems are typically composed of five distinct components:
Roof Covering: Tile, shingles, slate, or metal, plus the underlayment for the weather sheathing
Weather Sheathing: Boards or sheet material that covers a roof or a building
Drainage: The system that helps a roof shed water when it rains
Roof Structure: The rafters and trusses that help the roof remain stable
Flashing: Sheet metal installed to prevent water from seeping into the attic
How to Choose a Roofing System
When choosing a roof system that’s right for you, there are a number of different things to consider, such as cost, durability, and style. Here are some of the most common roofing systems installed by the roofers at RENCO Roofing:
Mission and Spanish-style round-tipped tile systems are widely used here in Arizona, and they create a distinctly Southwestern look. In terms of practicality, tile roofs are heavy, durable, and long-lasting.
This is the most common type of steep-slope roofing system in the United States, thanks to its low cost and versatility. Asphalt shingles can be constructed of both organic materials and fiberglass.
Although mostly used in flat-roof systems, metal has been growing in popularity with homeowners with steep-slope roofs. There are two types of metal roofing — panels and shingles — and metal roofing systems are known for being highly fire-resistant and durable.
Roofing System Considerations
A couple of the most important aspects of proper roof construction are ventilation and insulation. Here in Arizona, it’s more important that a roof can keep your home cool, although insulation in the winter is important as well. Without proper ventilation in a roofing system, heat can build up in your attic area and cause rafters to rot, shingles to quickly wear out, and insulation to lose its effectiveness.
When you decide that your existing roof structure is ineffective, you have two options. You can choose to replace the roof system completely, tearing off the existing roof, or you can simply cover the existing roof with a new roof system. If you’ve already had one roof re-cover, many building codes don’t allow for multiple coverings, which means that you’ll have to tear off your existing roof.
Hire an Experienced Arizona Roofing Contractor
RENCO Roofing is a family-owned and operated roofing business operating throughout the state of Arizona. Each of our owners averages 15 years of roofing experience, and we are associated with the Better Business Bureau, the Arizona Roofing Contractors Association, and National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
If you’re ready to have a new roofing system installed on your home, contact us today to learn about your options.