Secure Your Roof with Knowledge and Understanding—Select the Proper Material

Whether you're building a new home and looking to select its first roof or searching for a way to rejuvenate a commercial property you've owned for years, the options available in terms of materials can seem nearly endless. Many people don't know where to start when looking for alternative options, and they allow themselves to be overwhelmed and simply choose the path of least resistance.

You should have the confidence to branch out and the support necessary to evaluate all of your options. Below, you'll find a guide to some factors you should consider when choosing roofing materials for your home or business, providing you with a stable starting point to gather the information you need.


When determining which roofing materials you should focus on, it's important to first realize some of your limitations. Very heavy materials or materials which rely more on the interlocking of tiles than on stable mounting to the roof frame may not always be possible if your roof is designed with a severe pitch.

The reverse may be true for flat roofs. Roofing tiles which are designed to gather and divert moisture may actually do more harm than good and create standing water if they're installed on a roof which is too flat, so it's vital that you begin your search by establishing the proper style for your particular pitch.


Your roof is your first line of defense from the stresses of the environment, but it may also serve more functions than you realize in keeping your home safe from the weather. Not only should your roofing material be resistant to your area's standard levels of wind and rain, but it plays an important role in temperature control.

Making sure that your treated air doesn't escape and that your heating and air system operates efficiently is very important, and your roof can provide assistance in that area. Selecting a roof color and material that's designed to combat or imbibe sunlight can remove some of the stress on your system and guarantee energy efficiency.


One underrated aspect of selecting a new roof is the way it may affect your tax burden. In some jurisdictions, the installation of green technology may be a significant benefit. In others, purchasing local materials could cut down on your sales taxes. It's important that you thoroughly research your local rules and regulations and take the necessary steps to integrate those important financial considerations into the process of installing your new roof.

For further information and answers to questions, contact a representative from Kramer Wm & Son Inc.