When Adding A Roof, Choices Abound

When Adding A Roof, Choices Abound



This article is part of our ongoing home construction specification plan series.

Assembling a Home Construction Specification Plan — Spec Plan E: Home Roof

With the framing done, the next step in the construction specs process is putting a roof on your home. You’ll want to protect your home with the best possible materials, but price could be the determining factor as you choose between asphalt and fiberglass shingles, cedar shakes, tile, slate and other more expensive materials. With energy conservation at the forefront for many consumers, you may want to consider alternative materials or include solar panels or some other alternate energy system when putting on your roof.

The Rising Cost Of Home Construction

One thing to keep in mind today is that you’ll probably pay more for your materials than perhaps what you expected to pay. Surging petroleum prices is impacting home construction costs as the cost of delivery and the materials jumps. Ask your home builder if he can lock in the cost you pay for the materials before further increases take effect.

Your Rain Removal System

Inasmuch as the roof is important, how the roof handles the elements is critical to its durability and longevity, as well as to the overall protection of your home. Gutters, downspouts, even underground piping can help move water away from the home. Unchanneled water can damage your home’s foundation, possibly causing structural problems over the long term. Polyethylene downspout extenders, as one example, are inexpensive and can direct water where you want it to go with just one twist. Please check out our construction spec sheet (free download) for some helpful home building ideas.

Search For House Plans

Finally, your home’s design in one more factor which will impact your roofing costs. Search house plans to find the house style that is right for you and your budget.


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Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".