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October 10, 2018


Roof Maintenance


Factors to Consider Before Choosing Your Roofing Material

Whether you’re having your dream home built or replacing a roof that is beginning to fail, there is much that goes into choosing the best material for your roof. At Turnbull Roofing, we want to equip homeowners with the knowledge that will help them make informed decisions. So, here are important factors to consider before choosing the right roofing material for your roof.

Neighbourhood Aesthetics

When choosing a roof material, it’s important to consider how the look will match the style of your home, as well as the other houses on the street. Curb appeal is very important to take into consideration as it impacts your house’s resale value, should you choose to sell.

Application of the Roof

Another factor impacting the ideal roofing material is whether the material is being applied to a brand new structure, as a replacement roof or on a building addition. New roofs offer the most flexibility as you’re not limited by factors often found with roof replacements, such as materials currently on the roof or the underlying off structure composition. With home or building additions, your roofing materials can also be limited because the roof of the addition should have a seamless look with the existing structure it is being attached to.


Furthermore, a roof’s functionality is impacted by the material used. For instance, a house with a lot of corners or edges may be served well by slate tiles, as they can be cut in varying shapes and sizes to match the architectural features of your home design.

Municipal Requirements or Residential Community Covenants

Municipalities may have building required that homeowners must adhere to, regarding the grades of roofing being used. Also, if you live in a private or gated community, there may be building covenants outlining acceptable roofing shingles and roofing material restrictions.