A roof can change the entire look of a home and is a very important factor to consider when starting your design. Additionally, there are many other components that need consideration when designing a roof such as noise levels, thermal properties and environmental conditions.
Before you finalise the roof design for your home consider the following:
Which style will be the most aesthetically pleasing,
Colour, not only of the roof sheeting, but also the fascia’s and guttering. Colour will, also impact on the thermal properties of the home,
Are there any covenants in your area that you must comply with,
What are the local council regulations for designs and heights,
Wind categories, some designs have a better performance than others in cyclonic regions,
Snow loading in cold climates will impact the internal bracing and pitch,
Depth of the eaves for cooling, heating and protection from the elements,
Examine the type of insulation system you will be using and any air space requirements,
Proximity to breaking surf and salt air might give cause for specialised treatments and installation to ensure your roofs longevity,
Are you in a bush fire attack zone as this will require specialised installation and materials,
Lighting, the use of ceiling and window skylights,
Noise levels, there are many systems available that can be incorporated into the roof design to lower the noise levels both incoming and outgoing,
Ceiling design internally, vaulted, raked or flat ceilings all have their own properties and will impact the overall design.