Most residential roofs have a minimum life expectancy of 20 years, this means as a homeowner, chances are you will only need to deal with a roof replacement two, maybe three times in your lifetime. There are multiple reasons to want to replace your roof, but the most common is that your current roof has reached the end of its lifespan and is beginning to lose its ability to protect your home. A new roof has many benefits such as adding aesthetic appeal, increasing energy efficiency, but ultimately protecting your home against the elements is the biggest benefit.
To help you navigate your next roof replacement, we asked our roofing experts to share what to look for when buying a new roof.
The Roofing Material
There are a wide variety of roofing materials to choose from for your new roof. Take some time to consider several options when shopping for your new roof. Consider is how the material will look on your home, general installation cost, protective properties as well as life expectancy,
As mentioned earlier, most roofing materials will last a minimum of 20 years. Asphalt shingles may be the least expensive option, but also have the shortest lifespan(20-25 years). Metal roofing can last 50+ years and is extremely durable, however metal roofing does come at a higher initial cost.
For those living in a climate that sees significant snow fall in the winter months, such as Ontario, a metal roof is an ideal option. It handles the load better than any other roofing material and also provides additional insulation from the cold.
Layering vs. Removing Shingles
If your existing shingle roof needs replacing, and there is no signs of damage to the underlay, a contractor may suggest simply adding a new layer of shingles to save time and money. This may be a viable solution, however be sure to have your roof inspected to ensure there is no water damage and that it can support the extra weight.
Are You Planning on Selling your Home?
If you are considering sell your home in the near future it may be tempting to choose the most economical roof replacement option. However, you need to consider what type of roof will provide you with the biggest return on your investment. A metal roof will help attract potential buyers and help enhance your home’s curb appeal allowing you to increase your selling price.
The Installation Company
With any major home renovation project, the job is only as good as the team completing the work. Choosing the right roofing contractor, with the experience and knowhow to get the job done right is extremely important. Take some time to research any potential roofing contractors, browse their website and read their online reviews before you commit.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions during the estimate process, an experienced company will readily answer any concerns you have and will also provide you with a written estimate.
Your new roof can reinvigorate your home and increase your property value and appeal. And with a new metal roof, you will never need to worry about replacing your roofing system again. With close to forty years of experience with metal roof manufacturing and installations, Green Metal Roofing Inc. is your premier choice for your next roof replacement. Give us a call today at 866-374-9439 to book your free, no obligation quote.