Nearly every homeowner will face the task of having to replace their roof at some point during their lifetime. But take heart! Roof replacement doesn’t have to be as complicated as you might think — and there are ways to extend your new roof’s life with a little TLC and maintenance over the years. And, of course, depending on the type of roof you get, you may never have to replace that roof again.
Roof replacement is something you’ll want to research and think about carefully before leaping into action. For one thing, a new roof can greatly enhance your property’s value — and since it’s usually about 40% of what people see as the exterior of your home, it’s an important aesthetic part of the house. You want your roof replacement to match the overall design — so shingles might look better with a certain type of home, versus a more modern metal roof, for example.
What are My Roofing Options?
Asphalt shingles, tile, and metal roofs are three of the most popular types of roofing options for homeowners. Indeed, four-fifths of houses use asphalt shingles for their roofing material in the United States. They tend to be the most inexpensive option, which may account for their popularity, but they’re also very versatile in style and color as well.
There are two main types of asphalt shingles; organic asphalt shingles and fiberglass shingles. Both are, of course, waterproof and help block UV rays, though organic shingles may be a bit more expensive.
On average, a well-installed asphalt shingles roof will do quite nicely for your home in terms of protection — barring natural disasters or accidents — for between 12 and 15 years and not break the bank.
Metal roofs have been coming into vogue over the last decade as well, thanks to an increasing array of styles and colors that can rival those of asphalt shingles. Additionally, these types of roofs can reliably last over 30 years and don’t require too much maintenance — perfect for homeowners who don’t want to replace their roof anytime soon and have no interest in performing regular maintenance.
How Do I Find the Right Roofer for the Job?
Certainly one of the best ways to find a reliable roofing company in your area is to ask people in your community (friends, family, acquaintances) if they have any recommendations or can refer someone to you. If they’ve had a satisfactory experience, chances are you will, too.
If no one you know has had their roof redone recently, start looking up roofing companies in your area. Most should have a website where you can see what services they offer and they may even have customer testimonials up that you can browse through. Depending on your budget and what kind of roof you’re thinking of, it might be worth it to start gathering quotes from these companies.
Remember: cheaper isn’t always better. Make sure that your roofers have the right licensing, experience, and insurance for the job.
How Can I Keep My New Roof in Mint Condition?
Generally, you should get your roof checked out once or twice a year. If you have a shingled roof and there are missing or damaged shingles, get those fixed right away to avoid further damage.
If you get a lot of snow in your area, try to clear that snow and ice off your roof once the weather gets nicer; the weight and accumulated moisture can have some real wear and tear effects on your roof.
Don’t forget about your gutters either! Clearing old leaves and other debris out of those will keep water from building up. It’s also a good idea to keep trees pruned back and, of course, if a tree near your roof looks too unsteady, cut it down to avoid accidents.
Get all your ducks in a row before calling up a roofing company and you’ll see how easy roof replacement can be! There are plenty of resources online to help you find the best roof for your home and the best roofers to put it on. Keep your house warm, dry, and marketable with a new roof for years to come.