Do Roofing Materials Make a Difference?

Residetial-Building-1024x685If you are wondering does it really matter if you choose one roofing material over another while making your plans to build a better roof the answer is a resounding: YES!

Different roofing materials mean different things to the longevity, quality, and environmental friendliness of your roof as well as your own personal opinion of the roof. Whether we like to admit it or not, the type of roof on our home or building impact on how well we like the overall look of it.

Aesthetics of The Roof

There will have been a time when you have looked at a great looking house which had a horrible roof. You will have been left wondering what is it that you really don’t like about this house that would otherwise have been perfect.

Then on the other hand there is the plain looking house which has a really nice tile or slate roof that makes you take a second look when nothing else about the house would have caught your eye. Roofing materials can make a difference in how much or how little you like an entire building. If your are not sure then prove it to yourself. Take a walk or drive into town and find some houses you like and some houses that you don’t. Now, check out the roof on each of the houses and see if you notice any similarities between the roofs on the houses you do like and the roofs on the houses you do not like. I bet you will be surprised at what you find.

Carbon Footprint of Your Roof

If you fit the right type of roof it can help to make your home more energy efficient and therefore greener. Having the right type of roof fitted can make a big difference on how much it costs to heat or even cool your home. When we lower the energy consumption it also lowers the amount of waste produced when the energy is created. Roofing materials, like slate or tile have a long life cycle, meaning that you do not need to remove or replace them as frequently. Another option roofs that are made of metal can be recycled when removed or replaced. Metal roofs can also be installed over your existing roof which again reduces the amount of waste created.

Longevity Of Your Roof

When you think about the costs involved in roofing a house with the long lasting roofing materials, such as tile and slate, and then compare it to the cost of frequently replacing your roof, you will probably find that in the long run it is more cost effective to use the likes of tile and slate. Obviously this is only a good investment plan if you are intending to stay in where you are for quite a while. Otherwise the new owners will be getting a nice bonus from you when you do sell it on.

In conclusion, roofing materials will make a big difference in your home and should be considered carefully whether you are building a new home or simply replacing your existing roof.


Be Aware Of The Facts When Building Your Own Home

When building your new home, careful planning is vital if you want a positive outcome. It’s important to choose builders you can trust and to have extreme keen attention to detail throughout the whole building project. Before you start you need to consider the future and what might happen? Is there a chance your family is going to get bigger? Will you be holding dinner party’s etc? You could have a good idea of how you want your house to look or the actual amount of sq. ft. you need, but there are a few specifics that are most often missed when people are building new homes.

The Air conditioning system in your home can be a crucial detail that you really do not want to forget. If the air conditioning system is isn’t carefully designed you might end up having mold or mildew, or a variety of other problems. You need to pick an air conditioning system that is big enough to take care of your homes sq footage and is also installed correctly for optimum energy conservation and ventilation. You could also consider a system to keep the air clean as well. The air inside your house is over twice as dirty as the air outside due to the use of cleaners, cooking and other factors. Using a home air filtration system that is designed to keep the air clean and fresh, the air quality inside your home could be improved significantly.

Bedroom_MitchamStorage space is usually one of the main things that gets over looked. It is very easy to organise for an area of sq footage, but how much of that area will be used for storage? In the bedroom for instance do you want a walk in wardrobe or would you prefer a larger bedroom? You also need to take into consideration how big you will need the lined cupboard and pantry to be. You obviously do not want the amount of storage space to take over the house but you do need to consider just how much storage space you will need.

There is also no excuse for having poor lighting in a newly built house. There should obviously be plenty of lights in each room, but equally there should also be plenty windows and skylights in the rooms. When you have natural light coming into a room it not only brightens the rooms up but us also use a lot less electricity. An amazing number of houses do not have enough light in them.

Added rooms over and above the number of bedrooms you require are another thing to be aware of. Think about whether you would actually use a games room or work out room. One idea might be to make some rooms multi purpose, like a combination games room and guest room, at least then you can be sure that the room will actually be used. Another thing to take into account is the placement of your laundry area. Some people prefer to have their laundry area in the farthest out of the way area as possible, others like it close to their bedrooms. When you consider your bedrooms you want to be placing them as far as possible from noisy areas like the sitting room and kitchen.

One thing not to do is to let the development team try to influence what it is you require. You are the better judge of what you and your family needs the most. Obviously you can take suggestions that they make into consideration, but make sure that what you want is foremost. Building a new home is a very time consuming and lengthy process, and you need to be certain that you will get what you want at the end of the day. The beauty about having your home built by Ticknall and Derby is that everything is done by us, so you only have one person to talk to and organise things with. Nothing will get lost in the Chinese whispers between independent architects and builders. All of our teams work with one set of documents, so everyone has the same information.