The roof you choose has a big impact on your home
The roof is among the most dominant features of any house. It usually accounts for about a third of the area seen from the road (though usually less than 10% of the overall build-cost).
From a functional standpoint, it’s above everything – the integrity of the structure below depends on the roof’s performance in wind, rain, heat and cold.
Five things to know before you start
- Choosing a roof is a long term decision. Think about what will be in keeping with the architecture of the whole house. Fashions come and go, your roof will probably be around for decades.
- The location of your home is an important factor. If you are near the coast or in an area known for high wind or extreme weather, you should look for a roofing system that will help minimise potential problems with corrosion, leaks or system failure.
- Roofing is a specialist, stand-alone trade. It’s not a job for a general builder.
- Roof quotations can be complex and deceptive. Make sure yours include all costs – such as building paper, roof battens and other roof-related materials – so you can compare ‘like with like’.
- Investigate your options before you decide. The first step is research – on the web, on foot, over the phone and in conversations with other homeowners. This section – Learn About Roofs – is designed to help with your roofing system research, so that you can make a decision you’ll be happy to live with for decades to come.