If you need a new roof, you might assume it’s best to replace your existing roof with the same type. However, roof replacement is a great time to strengthen your roof by updating the materials and style. Learn everything to consider when replacing a roof, so you can make the right choice.
If your roof just failed, you might not have the luxury of spending time considering your options. It’s always better to remove and replace a leaking roof than delay the work because you’re selecting the right style. The longer your roof continues to leak, the more damage your home will sustain.
It may surprise you to learn that certain materials fare better than others in challenging locations. If you experience high winds, for example, asphalt shingles could blow off. Sturdier metal roofs may perform better in windy areas. If you live near the beach, the salty air corrodes metal components of roofing systems, so you would want to avoid metal – a great tip for any snowbirds reading this.
From slate and metal to asphalt or even terra cotta shingles, roof materials look very different. Depending on the style of your home, certain roofing looks may match your home design. For example, a contemporary home would look great with a metal roof, but terra cotta shingles would contrast.
Home or rental?
If you live in the home, you may opt to spend a little more for a roof you think looks sharp. If you are a landlord replacing a roof on an investment property, you may prefer to save money on this project. Alternately, you might be renovating a mid-range property. In this case, premium touches might help you command higher rents.
Low and high slope roofs have different needs. For example, membranes protect flat and low pitch roofs from leaks.
Once you’ve considered all of the above factors, review your budget for the project. If you can afford it, an architectural style shingle improves upon the look and performance of the basic 3-tab shingle.
A qualified roofing contractor can help you determine what roof is best. At Brandstetter’s KangaRoof, we offer roofing estimates that include clear explanations of our professional recommendations. Call now for a free estimate.