What to Consider When Replacing Your Roof

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So you’ve inspected your roof for damage and found damaged flashing, curling shingles or you have a leak in your roof. But before replacing it, here are a few things you should consider.

1) Location

Where you live has a lot to do with the type of roof you will be choosing to replace your old one. Living by the water or near an open field means your house is probably more exposed to high winds, which can be damaging to your roof. If so, you’ll want to consider high grade materials for your roof.

2) Roof pitch

If your roof has a high pitch (meaning it is steep), it’s already better equipped to deal with water. Lower pitched roofs are more susceptible to water damage as the water may come to stand in certain places. Homes with lower pitched roofs will need a membrane roof system.

3) Budget

Perhaps the biggest determining factor in choosing a roof is your budget. Make sure your roof budget allows for the type, material and style of shingle you want. Also consider if your budget is big enough for a new roof in the first place. Depending on your roof’s age and type of damage, you may be able to repair it rather than going for a full replacement.

4) Leaks

Not all roof leaks require a new roof. Getting a roof inspection done will let you know if the leak is a symptom of minor damage that can be repaired, or if you’ll need a whole new roof to stop the leak. Most often, leaks are the result of damaged flashing, which is a quick and easy repair. If your roof has multiple leaks, however, you’re more likely to need a new roof.

5) Style

From asphalt shingles to wood, metal, tile and cement, slate and more – there are seemingly endless options when it comes to choosing a new roof and new shingles. Consider the style of your home and what will look right with the rest of the exterior. Once you choose a style of shingle, you’ll also need to consider colour options – so make sure the colour you want comes in the material you like the most.

Not sure if you need a new roof? Check out this list of the 5 signs you need a new roof from LP Platinum Roofing in Guelph!

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  • Roof&Go

    Nice explanation. I will definitely consider those things when to replace a roof. Thanks for sharing.

  • Becca Holton

    I thought it was helpful to learn how the biggest determining factor is your budget. My roof is probably around 20 years old and needs to be replaced. I’ve heard that’s about the time you should consider getting a new one installed.

  • Cameron Bennett

    I like that you brought up that there is a potential for more water damage, depending on the roof pitch. I just bought a home that has a low pitched roof and I’m afraid that it may get water damage. I have contacted a roof contractor and they recommended a membrane roof system like what you mentioned. It’s important to me that I solve the problem now because I live in a really rainy state, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

    • Cameron Bennett

      I like that you brought up that there is a potential for more water damage, depending on the roof pitch. I just bought a home that has a low pitched roof and I’m afraid that it may get water damage. I have contacted a roof contractor and they recommended a membrane roof system like what you mentioned. It’s important to me that I solve the problem now because I live in a really rainy state, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

  • samd

    Great things to think of

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