making decisions about roof replacements

making decisions about roof replacements

FAQ For Purchasing A New Roof

by Lorraine Fisher

People commonly refer to having a home as keeping a roof over their heads, and for good reason too: roofs are one of the most vital parts of a home and without a good one the entire structure of the building becomes compromised. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for homeowners to know when and if they need a new roof. Here are a few frequently asked questions to help guide you through buying a new roof.

When do I need a new roof?

There a few different reasons why you may consider buying a new roof, but the two most common are age and wear. Roofs will only last for 20 to 25 years, so when you purchase your home, be sure to ask when the roof was last redone.

Realizing that our roof is damaged may be a bit trickier. Not all damaged roofs have obvious leaks or falling shingles. If the shingles on your roof are uneven, missing in places, or curl back, then you should contact a contractor to take a look at your roof.

What should I look for in a new roof?

Cost, durability, protection, and aesthetic will all play a role in choosing what roofing material you should use. Before purchasing any, you should ask for large samples of each so you can see the look, feel, and quality of the material. The following roof systems are the most common in America:

  • Asphalt shingles: The most popular option, asphalt shingles are very versatile and can be reinforced for optimal insulation and fire resistance.
  • Wood shingles: These come in many varieties of wood and can be tailored to the buyer's aesthetic. However, some areas have codes limiting their use due to fire concerns.
  • Tile: Common to the Spanish-style homes, tile roofs are a classic, long-lasting material. Tiles can also be very heavy, so homes may need to be fortified to withstand the extra weight.
  • Slate: This material is more expensive than the others, though it is thought to be the longest lasting and nearly indestructible.

How much does a new roof cost?

The cost of a new roof will depend on many factors. The average cost is around $12,000; however, it can run as low as $5,000 or as high as $25,000 depending on the size of the roof and the materials needed.

How do I hire a roofing contractor?

Before hiring a roofing contractor, make sure they are an established professional with good customer reviews. Before settling on one, contact multiple contractors and ask for a consultation and to view their roofing contract. The cheapest company may not necessarily be the best if their contract is open-ended or they do not have a high rate of customer satisfaction. Click here for more information on roofing installation.


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making decisions about roof replacements

Is the roof on your home ready for replacement? If so, do you know what type of roofing you are going to have installed to replace it? Will you have the existing roof removed, or just have the home re-roofed? You will face several decisions while you work to replace the roof on your home. Scroll through my site to find a great list that can help you decide what product and method of installation will be best for your home. Hopefully, the information provided will take some of the confusion and stress out of this big, important home improvement project.