A new roof is a significant financial investment, so you want to ensure that the roof you choose to install on your home will add to the curb appeal of your property and provide ample protection for years to come.
Too many homeowners don't take the time to consider all factors when replacing a roof. Here are three decisions that you should be prepared to make before replacing your home's roof.
1. Your Desired Aesthetic
The roof is a major architectural element for your home that can represent up to 40% of the visual space on your home's exterior. This means that the type of roofing materials you select for a roof replacement will have a significant impact on the overall aesthetic of your home.
You will need to decide if you want a subdued look, or if you want your home to stand apart from others in the neighborhood. You will also need to consult with your HOA to determine if there are any regulations that govern your roofing options, should you be in one.
By deciding on your desired aesthetic before the roof replacement begins, you can select the materials that will help you enhance your home's curb appeal.
2. Whether You Will Layer or Strip
There are a couple of options available to you when it comes to replacing your roof. You can choose to layer new materials over the top of your existing roofing, or you can strip away the old materials before a new roof is installed.
Layering can be used when your existing roof doesn't have any significant damage. Homeowners will often go with layering because this type of roof replacement is cheaper.
A contractor that strips old roofing materials will charge for the additional labor and equipment required to remove and dispose of your old roof. However, if your existing roof shows signs of damage, it is likely better to strip the old materials before a replacement so that your contractor can make any necessary repairs.
3. The Best Warranty Terms
Most modern roof replacements come with a warranty. You may find that you have a few different options when it comes to the scope and length of these warranties.
Manufacturers offer a warranty on the materials themselves. This warranty ensures that you won't have to pay for any repairs needed should the materials become compromised.
You should take into account the expected lifespan of the roofing materials to determine which warranty length will best meet your needs.
To learn more about roof replacement, contact a professional near you to learn more.