One of the first things you will need to do if you intend to have a new roof laid or new gutters installed, is to check your local building code so see if there are any restrictions. When I was trying to find the best gutter repairs Liverpool has to offer, I ran into a number of problems with the local council. It is best to do your homework and check any restrictions that might be in place. Also take into account the slope of your roof and you can automatically eliminate some roofing materials that are not suitable for your roofing project. If the slope of your roof is very steep, then you will need a guttering system with enough volume to deal with the flow of water. Once you have done this, try to learn as much as you can about the materials that you believe might be suitable for your project and compare them. The things to compare and keeping in mind are:
- Cost versus durability: some materials might cost more than others but might last longer and will therefore be cheaper in the long run. Asphalt shingles, for an example, come in different price range but when taking into account the durability, you can calculate the cost-per-year-basis for a more accurate cost over time.
- Warranties: some materials come with warranties and will then cover replacement, providing you have following the instructions correctly. Some warranties cover both material replacement and labour – so make sure you check what you are covered for .
- Availability: some materials might not be available for purchase anywhere close by and it this is the case you have to take shipping into account. Roofing materials are heavy so if it has to be sent over a great distance you need to be prepared to pay for it.
- Application: some materials are easier than others to install and even the easiest material to install might be a challenge if you have a very steep sloping roof.
- Appearance: different materials provide different looks, styles and appearances. Make sure to choose a roof that goes with your house. Try to blend the roofing material you choose with the siding of the house. Look to see how different roofing colours go with the exterior siding of a house and try to find a nice balance.
When it comes to choosing the correct roofing and guttering colours there are some tips to follow:
- Wood shingles provide a weathered look and earth toned coloured asphalt shingles goes really well with natural settings, but these are obviously not suitable for gutters.
- Very bright colours such as blue, green and red will often emphasise a roof whilst natural and medium colours will play it down.
- A white or a very light coloured roof will make a house seem higher and it will also reflect heath.
- Dark coloured roofs make a house look more compact and it will absorb the heath rather than reflect it.