If the time has come for you to replace your roof, don’t let the task overwhelm you! There are some decisions that you will need to make and a few things you’ll need to consider, so we want to help simplify that process for you. Roofing covers a wide variety of styles and materials. Here are a few things to think about before hiring your roofing contractor:
1. What style is your home?
Choosing a roof is like choosing any other materials for your home. Think about the overall style of your house and go for a design that compliments that style. You won’t want a red tile Spanish-style roof if you don’t have a home built in that style. There are A-frame roofs, gable roofs, and even a flat roof. You might even want to incorporate more than one of these elements. Your roofing contractor can help you choose a roof that best compliments the style of your home.
2. Choose the Right Material
It’s not just about design, but also about the roofing material. Different materials will last longer than others, some are more expensive, and still others have the look of different textures. Whether it’s asphalt shingles, tile, wood shake or several other materials, we can help you choose the right look to compliment your home!
3. Consider the Cost
Setting your budget is the first thing to do before choosing a new roof system. Roofing materials can vary greatly in cost, so understanding what you can afford is crucial and will keep you from spending more than you intended. Asphalt shingles are among the least expensive materials, while slate or tile can cost considerably more, but they may last longer.
4. How Long Will the Roof Last?
This is a very important question to ask before making your final decisions on roofing. Knowing the lifespan of your roof will help you with budget and other considerations. You certainly don’t want to be replacing it again in a few years when you thought you were going to get 20 or more years out of it! The lifespan of a roof depends on the materials used and can vary greatly. Harder materials such as slate will last much longer than shingles due to their durability, although you should be able to get at least 15-20 years from a shingle or cedar roof as long as no major weather damage happens to it.
5. Roofing Maintenance
Just like other area of your home, your roof will need some regular maintenance in order to prevent damage. If you have trees that hang over the roof, you’ll want to make sure any debris is cleared regularly. The climate you live in can also affect the performance of the roof. Extreme temperatures can cause a breakdown of materials over time, along with weather. You can perform basic inspections from the ground and just look for any cracking or peeling shingles or tiles that have come loose, etc. Your roofing contractor can also set up regular maintenance checks of your roof. Doing this will help you save money in the long run, rather than unexpected damage causing a financial crisis.