Top Factors to Consider When Building a New Roof

If you are building a new home or office, the type of roof you select affects comfort, aesthetics, building integrity, and energy efficiency. There are many types of roofs, including gabled, flat, hipped, and mansard. Each complements particular architectural styles, giving the building a cohesive, finished look. Some types of roofs work better in hot climates. Others are suitable for climates with a lot of rain or snow. Flat roofs often collect water and snow, which can result in leaks and degradation of the roof.

The roofing material also affects comfort, aesthetics and energy efficiency. There are many materials to choose from, including terracotta tile, slate, asphalt, concrete, wood, and metal. Your choice of material should take into account your budget, type of roof, how long you want it to last, and how it blends in with the architectural elements of your property and neighborhood.

Joe’s Roofing of Reno, NV, works with all types of roofs and roofing materials. We can advise you about what style of roof works with the architectural style of your home and the character of your neighborhood. Because the Reno-Sparks area experiences both intense summer heat, seasonal rains, and winter snow, you want the roof style and materials to protect you throughout these weather conditions.

Energy Efficiency

We understand how the color and type of roof material affect energy efficiency. Materials that absorb heat lower energy costs during the winter months. Heat absorbed by the roof during hot summer months radiates into the living space, making your air conditioner use more energy to keep you cool. We recommend ways to lower energy costs for comfort and energy efficiency, including incorporating cool-roof options and tips that reduce energy usage and increase comfort:

  • Energy-efficient roofing materials, such concrete and terracotta tile or metal
  • Coatings that keep roofs cool
  • Cool colors that reflect sunlight
  • Attic insulation and reflective barriers
  • Effective use of vegetation and landscaping to shade roofs in summer and allow heat gain in winter

Heating and air conditioning account for almost half of home energy costs. An energy-efficient roof saves energy, which lowers energy costs.


Roofs form a large visual expanse of a building’s exterior. The color, texture, and style affect the look of a property. Choosing a roof includes selecting a color, material, and size of roofing material that adds to the beauty of the building. You may also want to consider the character of your neighborhood, choosing a roofing material that contributes to the overall style and appearance of the architecture.


When you address cost, consider both the immediate cost of a new roof and the length of time a roof lasts. Although metal and ceramic tile roofs cost more, they last longer than asphalt and composite shingle. Terracotta tile can last up to 100 years, offsetting the initial installation costs. Metal roofs last between 40 and 70 years. In contrast, asphalt is about one-fourth of the cost of clay tile but only lasts about 15 years.

Joe’s Roofing offers quality installation for all types of roofs in Reno, NV. Whether you opt for concrete, metal, or asphalt, we can do it. We are GAF-certified, which demonstrates business integrity, technical expertise, and attention to customer satisfaction. Call today for an estimate on a roof or any new construction project.

Joe's Roofing did a great job -- they quickly provided a bid that was very reasonable; they showed up when they said they would to do the work; they were very responsive and communicative; and they finished the job ahead of schedule. Would highly recommend!!
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What Our Clients Say:

Joe's Roofing was on time and was very responsive to any questions we had. The crew cleaned up at the end of each day and the finished roof looks great. I am very happy to recommend Joe's Roofing.
Frank Frazzetta
We used Joe to get a new roof this spring. He was very professional and his prices were competitive. HIs crew was amazing and they did an excellent job. Special thanks to Alfonso who went over and above the whole time he was there. Thank you and we love our new roof.
Susan Dickson-Hanchett
Joe promptly answered our call for assistance, even though it was the day before Thanksgiving. Joe went out of his way to complete a roof inspection within a very tight time frame and provided the information we needed. He took the time to answer our questions and was polite and punctual as well.
M Webb
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