So we gathered for you the best tips and tidbits of knowledge, so that when the time comes you’re fully prepared to get your ideal roof for the best price.
Every home owner, at some point or another, is going to have to make some roof repairs, or rather to build a roof from scratch. But there are a LOT of things to consider, so where in God’s name do you even start?
Let’s begin by breaking down common roof designs:
- Gable Roof: common in countries with cold climates, the design offers many advantages. They are relatively inexpensive, they are more weather-resistant than flat roofs (come Christmas time, for example), they prevent the ingress of water, and are very strong when it comes to facing harsh winds and pouring rain.
- Mansard Roof: when it comes to taking full advantage of the interior space of the attic, a Mansard Roof is you buddy. Also, if you ever plan on adding another story, the Mansard can be easily readjusted to accommodate that aspiration.
- Hipped Roof: this, perhaps is a good option for those who cannot decide between the Gable and the Mansard. It relatively effective to endure rain, winds, and snow, but yet also allows for an intelligent use of space. Also, if you’re in the unfortunate spot of expecting a hurricane, the angle of the hipped roof might prevent your home from some serious damage.
- Flat Roof: ah the flat roof, a friend to every pocket. The rationale is quite simple, it’s much less material, and hence it is cheaper to build and repair. Design wise, it doesn’t take your breath away, but leaves you much room for imagination: a garden? A pool? Perhaps a gym?
The issue, though, is that flat roofs need to be repaired on average every 10 years, while their angled cousins need to be repaired on average once every 20 years. Also, snow and rain will require that you have a good system to let the water out, or you’ll get a pool by accident, not design.