What You Need to Consider When Choosing a New Roof
Building a new roof requires a lot of decision-making and planning, whether you are choosing a roof for a new home or picking out a replacement for your current roof.
Take your time and make sure you are working with a trusted roofing professional like Dowell Roofing to get the best possible results!
Let’s take a look at the main areas of consideration that come along with picking a new roof:
Whereas the floor plan of a home is measured in square feet, a roofer will measure the area of a roof in “squares.” One square is a 10’ by 10’ (or 100 square foot) large square that simplifies the sizing process for the roof.
An average 2,000 square foot house will usually require about 15 squares (or 1,500 square feet) of roofing materials to adequately cover the roofing area. The larger the roofing area, the more expensive a project will be.
Before any large home improvement or remodeling project, you must always plan out your budget. A budget for a new roof must take a few things into consideration in order to be maximized and as useful as possible:
- Material – What will your roof be made of?
- Condition of current roof – If you are replacing an old roof, how much time will it take to completely remove it?
- Shape – What will your new roof look like?
- Features – Do you have any chimneys, skylights, valleys, or anything that you would like to keep?
Type of Roof
The biggest factor to consider when building a roof is the material of which your new roof will be made. This decision has the largest effect on the price of the project and the look and durability of the new roof. This will also determine how long you can expect your new roof to last before repairs or complete replacement will be needed. Here’s how long you can expect each of the most popular materials to last:
- 20 to 25 years – Asphalt Shingles, Laminated Shingles
- 25 to 30 years – Cement Shingles, Wood Shakes
- 30 to 50 years – Copper, Tile
- 50+ years – Slate