Top Roofing Materials

Updating your existing roof allows you to add value to your home and communicate your home's look and feel. While roof framing, preparation and proper installation are always important, the material you choose for your roof can bring the exterior of your home to the next level.

"It's really an opportunity to upgrade your home in terms of look, style and color," says Tom Bollnow, senior director of technical services for the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA).

When choosing roofing materials, consider the following questions.

  • How heavy is this material and will it require special framing?
  • Is the material available in a variety of colors and styles that complement your home?
  • Does the material meet the fire codes in your local area?
  • Are there special installation and maintenance issues to consider?
  • Does this material offer good performance in extreme weather conditions that are common in your area?
  • What is the cost, life span and warranty for this product?

Tearing Off Your Old Roof

Roofing experts weigh in on five questions to ask yourself and roofing professionals before tearing off your old roof

A good roof isn’t optional - it’s a necessity. While a roofing job can be one of the pricier capital expenditures to put a dent in your budget, it is also one that can make or break your building (both aesthetically and functionally).

Many factors assure not only the success of a roofing project, but the long-term return on investment. Here, roofing experts weigh in on five questions you should ask yourself and roofing professionals before tearing off your old roof.

1. How do I determine which roofing system is best for my building?
Because no two buildings are alike, no two will require the exact same roofing system - it all comes down to how the building is used, the climate it’s in, and when the job is going to be performed.

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How Do Roofer's Charge?

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Replacing your existing roof carries a significant cost, and it can't be put off once it becomes necessary. But the urgency of needing a new roof doesn't mean you should blindly hire the first roofing contractor you interview.

Pros and Cons of a New Roof Vs. Overlay

Dear WeROOF: We need a new roof. A builder suggested overlaying over the existing layer of shingles. Is it wise to do this? My concern is how would we know about any underlying damage? –Kim T., Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.

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