6 Key Factors to Consider When Replacing a Residential Roof

When it comes to replacing your residential roof, there are many factors that can come into play. In this post, we wanted to share the categories you should consider when you thinking about a roof replacement.

1.) Budget

As you may know, replacing a roof can be quite expensive, according to it’s size and the materials used. If saving money is a must, the most popular and economical choice is the architectural style shingles. This type can stand strong against 130 mph winds, while 3-tab shingle roofs can only withstand winds at 60 mph. Just remember, you get what you pay for.

2.) Style

All shingles have a unique appearance and the type you choose may depend on your individual taste. Whether you select flat, ceramic, tile, luxury, metal, or slate will not only depend on your taste though, they will depend on your budget. Some obviously cost less than others, but if you really want your home to appear a certain way, you may consider paying more to get it.

3.) Pitch of Roof

The pitch of the slope on your roof will also determine the best type of roofing should be replaced on it. Anything from a flat to 3:12 pitch is classified as a low slope.

4.) Timing

When considering a new roof, the extent of the damage can end up determining how much money you end up investing. If the damage is bad enough, waiting longer for replacement can only cause more damage. Leaks that are ongoing can lead to rotting and deteriorating sheeting, which can add up in the end.

5.) Length of Stay

The amount of time you plan on living in your home can also be another factor in replacing your roof. If you plan on moving soon, you may not have to worry about going to an in-depth extreme for a replacement as in, your preferences won’t matter much so you can simply choose from the basics. If you plan on living in your home for the next several years, consider investing in higher quality materials so they have a better chance of lasting longer and withstanding tougher weather and wear and tear.

6.) Location

The type of area you live in should definitely be considered in roof replacement. If you live in an area with strong winds or one that is near an ocean, you will want to get a higher quality material that can tolerate the forces of stronger weather. Also, consider the type of roof you choose as it will need to come with protection against the saltwater.

For areas that often get a ton of snow, a higher quality roof is recommended so that it can withstand the possibility of standing snow or water.

7.) Roofing Over Vs. Removing Old Roof

Depending on the extent of the damage on your roof, you and a professional roofing contractor will need to go over your options for roofing over your old one, or removing it all together. The costs of these can vary greatly, and the time the repairs will take can be extended by weeks to even months.

Installing materials over shingles is not recommended. Roofing materials are seriously heavy and placing them onto a structure that cannot support the weight can be highly dangerous.