Which Roof Replacement is Right for You?

Learn about different types of roofs and how to choose which replacement is right for your home.

Which Roof Replacement is Right for You?

If you're comfortable with the idea of climbing to the roof using a ladder or through an upstairs window, you may be able to perform minor roof repairs, such as replacing some damaged shingles. It's a job that requires extensive knowledge to ensure that your roof is done correctly and that the substrate can handle the particular roofing material being installed. The high cost of slate and natural tile roofing has led to the introduction of synthetic shingles and slate roofing products made of various materials, including rubber, plastic, and clay. Weather conditions, the quality of the building construction, the architectural design, the maintenance of the roof and the quality of the material installed are all factors that can affect the material of your roof.

A slightly less expensive option is a metal roof that, when properly installed, allows snow and ice to slide rather than stick to the roof of your home. If it's a full roof replacement, a contractor is a must unless you are a builder or contractor yourself. Asphalt shingles are often half to a quarter more expensive than many other roofing materials, making them an attractive option for homeowners who want a new roof without completely undermining their savings or homeowner's credit limit. They come in sheets that are layered on a roof to give the illusion of more expensive individual tiles, such as cedar and slate, that are installed one tile at a time.

For example, for a 2,300-square-foot, one-story home with a medium pitched roof, you'll want to calculate approximately 30 squares to cover 3,000 square feet in total, which should give you enough for additional debris and shingles for future repairs. If your roof is a walking roof (you can walk on it) or it is steep (requires safety harnesses to work), you may need additional supports for your new roof. The roofing materials market has been affected by rising oil prices triggered by the war between Russia and Ukraine. If you live in a warm climate and expect to replace asphalt shingles with terracotta or cement shingles, it is essential that you first consult with a roofing contractor who can advise you on whether you need additional supports for your new roof; these shingles weigh much more than asphalt and can damage your home if not supported suitable.

You will be able to make informed decisions when hiring a roofing team if you understand the process, as well as the jargon used in the roofing trade. It really depends on your particular roof when it comes to choosing which replacement is right for you.