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April 18, 2018


Factors Effecting Roof Lifespan


Factors to Consider When Choosing a Roofing Style

Achieving a roof design that is in line with the personal taste of the homeowner and complements the rest of the home can be a challenge. Roof design and quality impact resale value, roof longevity and even the home’s energy efficiency. Below, are key points to consider when choosing a style for your new roof.

Do I Want My Home to Stand Out or Be More Uniformed?

Do you want your home to have a unique appearance that sets it apart, or be more in line with the neighbourhood aesthetics? To help make this decision, try driving through your neighbourhood and get a feel for the different colour combinations and trim colour that others utilized. You may find you really liked some of what you see and want to use certain colour combos or designs on your roofing project or you may come to the conclusion that you want something totally different.

If you’re having a hard time choosing between different shingle options, ask your contractor if you can view shingle samples of the ones you’re interested in. If you’ll be adding new trim paint or siding, grab samples for those as well, so you can see how everything goes together. It’s also best to view the samples outdoors as you’ll get a better sense of how the colours interact in natural light.

What is Your Roof’s Pitch?

Roofs with a steeper pitch allow for more of the roof to be seen from the ground. It’s important to keep this in mind if you’re looking to implement a unique roof design.

Is Algae Discolouration an Issue in Your Area?

If algae buildup is common on roofs in your area, you may want to go with a darker shingle colour, as this makes algae less visible and enables your home to still have high curb appeal. Regular maintenance also goes a long way in reducing algae accumulation.