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Things to Consider Before You Replace Your Roof

Making the decision to repair or even completely replace your roof is a big one. Not only is it costly, it also has the potential to affect the entire house, as well as those living underneath it. Here are some things to consider before you decide to repair or replace your roof.

The Actual Condition of Your Roof

Before making any final decisions, it’s best to get a professional opinion. Having your roof inspected by a qualified professional can help you determine such factors as your roof’s estimated age (if the house you live in isn’t a new one), its expected lifespan and remaining life based on factors like exposure to weather, roof slope and direction faced by the house. That way, you can determine what type of repairs actually need to be made, potentially saving you thousands in the long-run and bringing your attention to weaknesses and failures that could require repairs down the track. Generally, if more than 30% of your roof already has damage to it, a complete replacement is necessary.

Type of Material

There are many choices nowadays for types of roofing – everything from asphalt, metal or slate to wood and many more. It’s very important to consider what type of roofing material will best suit your home, the climate of your location and also your budget. It’s a good idea to talk to a professional about what materials would be perfect for your home and also head to your local home improvement store to inspect all the materials in person prior to making your purchase.


It seems like an obvious one but noise is certainly an important factor to consider about the timing of getting your roof repaired. A roof replacement or even simple roof repairs could take up to two weeks of loud banging beginning from 6am every morning before completion. Is everyone in your family ready for this? If someone in the household is already tired or stressed for one reason or another, it might be worth postponing the repairs to a little later down the track.

Referrals, a License and Insurance

When choosing a contractor to complete the repairs to your roof, here are three important questions to ask: can your contractor give you a list of referrals? Does your contractor have the correct license(s) needed for the job? Does your roofer have worker’s compensation and liability insurance? Basically you want to be able to trust the people you’re working with. It’s crucial to get a contract written up and agreed upon before any work is done so that you’re aware of exactly what’s going to happen during the building process and how much it’s all going to cost.

Hopefully this has helped you know what things you need to consider before you replace your roof.

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