Most homeowners will reach a point in the lifetime of their home when they need to make decisions regarding their roof. Before you make the investment in your roof, there are several factors you need to consider.

Weigh Your Repair And Replacement Options

Assuming both options are on the table, deciding whether you should repair or replace your roof may boil-down to a few factors. First is how long you plan to stay in your home. Even if you do not plan to sell your home anytime soon, but know there is the possibility of selling, such as moving due to your career or the possibility of downsizing because your children are nearing adulthood, it might be wise to delay a costly replacement. You might choose to make the necessary repairs with an economical solution, such as asphalt shingles, and take the next year or two to decide whether a replacement makes sense. Replacing your roof is generally a better option if it needs frequent repairs, you could significantly improve the value of your home, or if you plan to stay in your home for many years.

Deal With Regulations

You will need to know any regulations within your city or mandated by your homeowners association (HOA) before making a decision on your roof. If you happen to live in a home with historic value, you may have significant limitations on what can be done with your roof. For example, your HOA or a city ordinance may require you to have repairs or replacements done with the same materials and style as the original house. This will likely mean your personal preference does not factor into the decision, but it could also be challenging when trying to find a contractor who works with infrequently used materials and the cost will likely rise exponentially. Understanding any limitations in advance can prevent you from investing in materials and labor that needs to be taken down or the costs associated with any code violations.

Choose Materials Wisely

If you have made the decision to replace your roof, this is the time to be critical about the materials you choose, especially if your budget allows many options. The most important factor will be choosing materials that enhance the structural integrity of your roof and the entire house. Think about how the climate affects your home, such as dealing with extreme humidity during the warmer months, blizzards during the winter, or being at a higher risk for strong thunderstorms or tropical systems. This will help you narrow down the options and choose a material that is best suited for your climate. For example, you might adore the look of wood shingles, but live in an area that is often warm and dry, making wildfires are realistic threat. A better option might be fiber cement, which has fire-resistant properties and can be created to mimic the appearance of wood.

Consider Your Home's Integrity

Once you have a general idea of the goal for your roof, you should also consider hiring a general contractor to evaluate your home before undergoing significant repairs or a roof replacement. First, problems with the integrity of your roof may not be purely a roofing issue, but could signify any number of overall structural problems, such as settling of the foundation or damage to supports within the walls or roof. If any problems are found, they will need to be fixed before you can do anything more than basic roof repairs. Additionally, having an evaluation will also give you the opportunity to find out more about the roofing options for your home. A general contractor may inform you that your home would not support certain materials at all or not without improving the current roofing support. You may find it is a better option to hold-off on replacing your roof until you have the extra work done to support the roof you desire.

Anything beyond a simple roof repair should not be done on a whim. Thinking carefully about your roofing options will give you the chance at making a wise investment and choosing materials that will last for decades. Speak with a home roofing contractor for more information.