With the materials we've discussed in the first four chapters, you
could build the entire structure – except for finishing the roof and
exterior walls (siding). And uniquely-designed new roofing products,
paired with siding products from the next chapter, can make a world
of difference in your project's final appearance. Of course, the final
result depends entirely on what your customers hope to achieve. Do they
want to reflect their own personal tastes or just make their home stand
out in the neighborhood? Roofing and siding products can make a strong
statement, so it's important that your customers choose products that
complement each other in design, texture and color. Together, the statement
they make should be positive.
In this chapter I'll introduce some roofing products for you to consider.
Some of these products may be new to you and others are new to the market. Either
way, the important factor to consider before selecting any of these
products is their performance record:
Are they suitable for a particular climate?
Have they been tested in harsh geographical areas?
How long have they been on the market?
These are questions you definitely want to research, because roofing and siding
materials are exposed to everything nature can throw at them. They've
got to be able to withstand the punishment. Check with the manufacturer
for a track record of any product you're considering. If possible, get
references so you can check out the installed product firsthand, and
talk with the customer.
I'm not trying to discourage you from trying these products, but remember
that you have to be a savvy professional about any of the products
listed in this book. Do your homework before selecting and installing
any alternative products. Not only do the manufacturers have to guarantee
their products, but you have to guarantee them as well. Callbacks are
unpleasant and unprofitable, so choose your products wisely.