Do you have a roof that is nearing the end of its life? Are you thinking about changing to a different type of shingle? While it is possible to change from one material to another when you're having your roof done, there are more issues than simply picking out a color and texture that you like. Before you get too far with your plans, it's a good idea to consult with a local roofing company as to how feasible your plans are. Some things that need to be considered include:
Roofing material weight: When switching from clay shingle to asphalt, you probably don't need to have your roofers do any additional prep work. On the other hand, switching from asphalt to clay means that the roof and the structure as a whole will need to be able to support a lot more weight. Your roofing company may need to replace not just the sub-roof but also brace and replace some of the rafters as well. As you might imagine, this can make the roofing project more expensive than you might have anticipated. A professional roofer will be able to tell you what sort of roofs your house will be able to support right now, giving you additional options if your preferred roofing material is out of your budget.
Local building codes: Sometimes, local regulations will indicate what types of roofing materials that you're allowed to use. If you're in a historic section of town, you may be legally required to use wooden shingles or faux wood shingles on your roof. Professional roofers will be able to help you figure out what you're allowed to use on your roof and what materials will cause your city or other municipality to demand that you have your roof redone.
Local climate: Roofs with tin or wooden tiles can be beautiful, but may not be appropriate in warmer or sunnier climates. Clay tile roofs can be attractive, but may not be the best option if you experience heavy snowfall during the winter months. While asphalt shingles are more or less the defacto standard in many parts of the country, your local roofers should be able to give you a variety of options that will make your house unique while still being appropriate for the surrounding climate. They may even have options that you hadn't previously known about or that you'd overlooked on the assumption that they wouldn't work for your area. For more information, contact a business such as Darnell Construction.