Types of Roofing
Types of Roof Prep & Finishing Products
Synthetic Roofing Underlayment
Ice & Water Membrane
Self-Adhering Roofing Membrane
Gutters & Flashing
Style is certainly a key factor, but materials, cost, and durability are also important. Not all materials are practical for every roofing project: pitch, roof shape, and the strength of the supporting structure may rule out heavier roofing like wood or slate. Similarly, cost is determined not only by the price of materials but also by the complexity of installation and, if you are replacing a roof, the condition of the existing roof. Today’s roofing materials often come with impressive warranties; it’s important to read the warranty carefully, as there are different coverage definitions for factors like wind and sun damage or contractor workmanship. Some warranties are transferable, which can provide an attractive selling feature for prospective buyers.
Light shingles reflect sunlight and can keep the temperature of your home cooler; dark shingles absorb heat and help homes in colder climates stay warmer.
Picket fences complement Victorian, Cape Cod, and other traditional architectural styles, for instance; horizontal or vertical board fencing suits Ranch and Contemporary homes; post-and-rail or split-rail fences give a more rustic look. Post caps and finials can add extra distinction to your fencing.
In general, use gray or black shingles on a blue, gray, or white house; use brown or tan shingles on a cream, tan, or brown house. Red, yellow, and green houses can use any color shingle depending on the look you want to achieve.
Some shingle manufacturers include color selection tools on their websites. These can be an easy and fun way to start choosing roof colors that will be right for your home.