Roof Replacement: How to Know What Kind of Roof is Right for Your Home

While there are many different types of roofs to choose from, not all options are appropriate for all houses. For example, a metal roof is generally not appropriate for a home that has a relatively flat slope. What are some other issues to consider when choosing a roof that works for your home?

Roof Replacement: How to Know What Kind of Roof is Right for Your Home

What Type of Roof Do You Currently Have?

If you currently have an asphalt shingle roof, it may be a good idea to stay with asphalt shingles. This is because you can easily put a new layer of shingles on top of the existing layer. As a general rule, they cost less to purchase and install whether you do it yourself or have a professional do it instead. Switching to tile or metal roofing materials may only be worthwhile if your home can support the extra weight.

Will You Need to Significantly Alter Your Home?

When you choose to install a metal roof on your home, it may mean altering the existing roof slope. It may also mean adding a new truss or other supports to help support the extra weight. This could add thousands of dollars to the project as well as several days or weeks to its timeline.

What Is the Climate Like Where You Live?

If you live in a hot and dry climate, treated wood may actually be a good option as it is resistant to fire. This can be ideal for days or weeks when temperatures soar above 90 or 100 degrees. Wood and metal roofs can also be perfect for those who live in wet and cool conditions as the wood won’t rot or warp if treated properly. A metal roof is generally resistant to moisture and pest damage as well.

What Do Other Homes Have?

Typically, you will want a roof that fits in with others in the neighborhood. Therefore, if most homes have metal or tile roofs, that could be the best option for your home as well. However, you will also want to consider the cost of copying your neighbors as well as whether your home is designed to make the most out of a given material.

There are many factors to consider when determining the right type of roof for your home such as cost and how long they last. A contractor may be able to provide insight into what materials that you can use to get the most for your money.


Author: Lizzie W

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball. You can find her on Twitter @LizzieWeakley.