If it's time for a new roof, you have the perfect opportunity to create one of the most attractive homes in the neighborhood. While most people don't think of roofing materials as a vehicle for artistic expression, you don't need to limit yourself to the same old boring roof that everyone else has. Unless you live in a development that specifically limits the content or color of your roofing materials, you have an array of options that can make your home unique.
Until recently, you could drive through any given neighborhood and never see a roof that was particularly attractive. But thanks to advances in manufacturing techniques, this situation is changing. There are more colors, textures and patterns than ever to help your home stand out and make it look like a work of art. Here are some roofing options that can set you apart from your neighbors.
Traditional and Affordable
Asphalt shingles are usually the most economical choice in terms of the up-front expense. They are one of the most affordable roofing materials and come in nearly every color from bright white to dark black. You don't need to limit yourself to colors that blend in or match your home's exterior. Complementary or even opposite colors don't necessarily clash and can even make a beautiful, bold statement. For instance, a rust-colored roof can work on a red house as long as the rust and red both have yellow undertones.
Another way you can be creative is with the shape of the shingles.
Square: A popular and classic choice that works with all architectural styles
Rounded: Scalloped shingles can make an ordinary roof look elegant.
Heavyweight: For those who want something different from all the neighbors, there are heavyweight shingles that look and act like cedar shake for a dramatic texture.
Durable and Artistic
Metal roofing materials are slightly more expensive than asphalt shingles but are gaining popularity on houses of all types as an extremely long-lasting alternative. The surface can be crimped, corrugated or smooth to blend with any kind of architecture.
If you want something truly unique, metal roofing probably gives you the most options in terms of color and surface design. You don't need to be stuck with the "sheet metal" look either. Metal roofing is available in ribs, tiles or shingles and can even look like natural wood shake or clay tile.
As an added bonus, metal sometimes turns out to be the cheapest way to go. Because metal roofing comes in such large sheets, the labor costs can be lower and the roofing job can be completed quickly.
Exotic and Beautiful
Genuine wood, clay and slate are also options for those who want a roof that's different from all the neighbors'. These natural roofing materials are not as commonly used, and they create truly unique and luxurious homes. These are not bargain roofing materials, but natural wood and slate make some of the most beautiful roofs in existence. They can also give newer homes a warmer, more historic feel.
Whether you live in a neighborhood with a variety of architectural styles or a development full of the same style of houses, a new roof is the opportunity to be unique. There have never been more choices for colors, textures and styles, so don't be afraid to think outside the box and set your home apart from the rest. For more information, contact Ratliff Enterprises or a similar company.