Answering Your Questions About Roofing

Replacing Your Roof? 3 Things To Consider

by Donald Evans

Your roof is a very important part of your home. A damaged roof can lead to major problems throughout your home. Because of this, replacement is needed once your roof becomes old or damaged to where it cannot be repaired. The average lifespan of a roof is 20 to 40 years for asphalt shingles and over 50 years for materials such as metal, tile, and slate. It's unlikely that you will need to replace your home's roof more than once so you will want to consider roof replacement carefully. Here are three things to keep in mind when replacing your home's roof.


The first thing that you should consider when replacing your roof is what material you want to use. Roofing is available in different materials including metal, asphalt shingles, slate, wood shingles, concrete or clay tile, and more. The type of material that will work best for your roof will depend on factors such as the pitch of your roof, the local climate, and your budget. Talking to a roofing contractor will give you a better idea about which type of roofing will work best for your home. 

Your Roofing Contractor

When replacing your roof, it's important to choose your roofing contractor carefully. Your new roof will be an integral part of your home and proper installation is key. Shopping around for a contractor can be beneficial. You want to go with a contractor who has a good reputation and a solid track record of successful roof replacements. Getting bids from multiple contractors can help you determine which one is right for your home. You will also want to make sure that the contractor you choose is properly licensed and insured. Make sure that you have a signed contract in place before your contractor starts work.

Your Budget

The cost of a new roof can vary widely depending on the material used and the size of your roof. A new roof can cost as little as $5,000 for a basic roof replacement to over $100,000 for a high-end roof replacement. When choosing a new roof, it's important to keep your budget in mind. The larger and steeper your roof, the more installation will cost. Certain materials, such as metal, slate, and tile, tend to be more expensive than asphalt shingles. 

Replacing your roof is something that you may find yourself doing. When it's time to replace your roof it's important to determine which material will work best for your roof and for the climate you live in. Shopping around and choosing your roofing contractor carefully is also very important. The cost of a new roof can range from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands. Sticking with a budget is also key when it comes to roof replacement.