At first glance, the first noticeable features of a house is its overall appearance and then most likely the roof. There are many distinctive and innovative designs for these covering systems that can readily convey whatever impression is desired by a homeowner. Whether the look is meant to be attractive and inviting; elegant and refined; or leave-me-alone megabucks, the roofing system that covers a home is a large percentage of the overall picture that is communicated to viewers.

Making a decision about a roofing design is the first step toward achieving the desired appearance of a home. One consideration is to have a decorative one installed as opposed to a standard style. That is a very unique option that many homeowners do not have adequate knowledge about when choosing an overall home appearance. This type of design can be the veritable icing on the cake of home image!

Once a decision has been made to incorporate a decorative roof into an overall home appearance plan, choices must be made regarding the specific design as well as the materials that will be needed to achieve the specific desired image. Some common decorative types of this outer covering are: flat, gambrel, gabled, hipped, shed and French (mansard). The specific properties of the available materials may include zinc, aluminum, copper, wood, asphalt and clay. Be sure to check with local authorities and HOA’s as to whether there are any pertinent regulations that control what type of roof can be selected.

Following are some suggestions as to how to go about choosing a great decorative roofing system for a home.

  • Check out the Local Neighborhood – An often overlooked consideration when trying to decide on this top covering style is to take a leisurely walk in the local neighborhood. It is quite possible to get some kind of inspiration from the different types and styles of the neighborhood rooftops. Observe these designs as well as overall home appearances and then use that knowledge to compare with other different styles.
  • Ask Neighbors – While walking and looking in the neighborhood for attractive roof types, ask neighbors about any one that is appealing: did they select the design on their own or was it recommended by a particular contractor? This would also be a great time to ask if they were pleased with the contractor they used and did that contractor select the design for them or did they make that decision on their own.
  • Surfing the Web – One of the best ways to choose the particular design for this decorative upper house protection is through the internet. Much research can be accomplished on the web; basic searches will return many pictures and descriptions showing various roofing system plans. Many local contractors have their own websites with helpful information to help make that decision about a decorative roof much easier.
  • Visit Local Contractors – The very best way to choose the plan and structure that is best suited to a particular roofing need is to call a local contractor and set up an appointment to meet with them to go over any possible questions or any concerns. When at the meeting, ask to see a portfolio of the contractor’s previous work. Ask them about not only design elements but which choices will be more cost-effective than others in all areas including initial cost, maintenance and heating/cooling costs. A reputable contractor can also suggest designs and materials that are best-suited to the local climate.

Of the available design choices, each one of them has its own unique architectural form and appearance. Every style has its own advantages and disadvantages, which is why it is so important to seek the advice of a professional in roofing design. Achieving the ultimate and best roofing treatment for a home cannot be achieved without exerting some effort on the part of the homeowner. It is imperative to do the necessary up-front research and become familiar with the different types of architecture and materials as well as the benefits of each type. By following these simple tips, a well-suited roof design and overall look can be achieved!