Replacing your roof can be daunting. Here are some things you should consider to make sure your renovation dollars don’t go to waste!
When homeowners think about renovating their abodes, often the roof is the last thing they want to consider. While it’s arguably the most important component, it’s also one of the biggest ticket items to modernize. Roof replacement costs vary from $5,000-$25,000 and more depending on multiple factors, such as size and material.
Roof Replacement Considerations
We know, that’s a lot of zeros. But don’t be scared away! Instead, read on to find out some things you should consider if you’re in the market for a roof replacement.
Find the Right Roofing Contractor
As with any big purchase, you’ll want to ask around and get multiple bids. Seek advice and recommendations from friends and neighbors who have used roofing contractors that are trustworthy and do a good job. Read reviews online and check out Angie’s List and ContractorCheck for further information on roofing contractors near you.
Choose the Right Roofing Material
You are no longer limited to shingles or slate: These days there are multiple options for roofing materials. Some common choices for residential roofing include:
- Slate—attractive, high-end, pricey, and heavy. Slate roofs are beautiful but can also be slippery to walk on and difficult to repair
- Wood (shakes or shingles)—attractive but pricey. Wood roofs are a bad choice in regions where fires are a threat. Also, they are suitable for steep pitched roofs but not a good choice for flatter roofs.
- Metal—durable, expensive, and trendy. Steel or aluminum roofs have become increasingly popular because they are long-lasting and fireproof. However, they require specialty contractors for installation.
- Composite slate—recycled, light, and less susceptible to damage, these synthetic tiles are becoming an increasingly popular choice.
- Clay/Ceramic tile—fire-retardant, popular in Florida and Southern California, this heavy roofing material is gradually being replaced by metal and composite materials that mimic this tile’s Spanish look.
Save Money Where You Can
If you have asphalt shingle roofing, you can install a new layer over top of your existing roof as you’re permitted to have two layers. This can save a significant amount of money and mess. Also, be sure to check into your roof’s warranties before you sign any new contracts. You could be eligible for free or discounted repairs.