Building Your Retirement Dream Home? Tips For Selecting The Right Roofing Material

Posted on: 1 June 2019

When planning for retirement, couples often decide to sell the family home and use the proceeds to design and build a new house. Since most expect the new home to be the one where they will live out the remainder of their lives, it makes sense to customize the design and choose the materials that will help them avoid making expensive repairs or upgrades as they age.

Selecting the right roofing material is an important part of this process. If you are in the planning stages for your retirement home but unsure of which roofing material you should choose, the following information can help you make a great choice. 

Will the home be located in an area prone to wildfire? 

If the home is located in one of the many areas of the country at risk for wildfires, it is important that your roof be as fire-resistant as possible. This is necessary because blowing embers and debris often settle on roof surfaces and ignite them. Installing a roof made of metal, clay, slate, or other fire resistant materials can help keep you home safe during a wildfire situation. 

What type of roof line and roof support system will the home have? 

The weight and pitch of the roof is another factor that must be considered before the plans are drawn up for your home. Some materials, like clay tiles, slate and concrete tiles are very heavy and may require the roof to have a specific pitch and additional supports to safely hold the weight. 

Is sustainability a part of your decision? 

If you have a goal of using sustainable materials when building your home you will want to explore roofing materials that are made from mostly recycled content or those that can be completely recycled. Some types of metal roofing are able to be completely recycled, as well as offering a longer lifespan that some of the materials that are less sustainable, such as asphalt shingles. 

Clay tile roofs are also marketed as being very sustainable. This is because the clay used to make the tiles is very plentiful across broad areas of the country. As a bonus, clay tile roofing, when properly installed and maintained, are very durable and long lasting. 

What weather or environmental challenges will your roof face? 

If your home is located in areas where salt spray will be a problem, such as when it is located close to the ocean, salt spray can act as a corrosive agent on certain types of metal roofing. To learn more about the various types of roofing material, couples will want to discuss their situation and needs with a competent roofing contractor before deciding on the type of roofing they will use on their custom retirement home. 

For more information, contact a roofing contractor in your area.