How to Pick the Right Roof for Your Home

When it comes time to replace the roof on your house there are several things you should consider. Replacing your roof is a big project and an important investment – after all, it protects your home.

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1. Type of Roof Material

There are many different types of roof materials to choose from. So, which is the best? You’ll want to consider the durability, lifetime, maintenance needs, and the appearance. Most homeowners are looking for a roof that will last them for years to come. You’ll also want a roof that can withstand the impacts of mother nature. Your roof can take a beating between the sun, wind, rain, hail and snow that Michigan’s seasons bring us.

Popular types of roofs are:

  • Asphalt

  • Metal Roofing

  • Cedar Shakes

There are pros and cons to each type of roof material. Your decision on which roof material to go with should depend on more than just the appearance. While Asphalt shingles typically look good on all types of houses and is easy to maintain, a metal roof might serve a better purpose. There’s no straight answer for which type of roof is better, so we recommend consulting with your roof contractor before making a purchase.

2. Knowing the Right Time

In Michigan, home improvement season starts to kick off around March. Between home show events and people getting the itch for spring, we start getting requests for quotes and begin planning out projects for our customers in early spring. If you’re looking to get a head start on your roof project, the earlier in the year the better!

Late spring and the summer months are great months for roofing projects considering the weather. However, it’s also typically when everyone wants their home projects done – which is great, just keep in mind that it might be a longer wait. As we enter the late fall months, it can be a gamble with rain and snow. While most roofing projects can still be completed while the snow falls, it becomes a little trickier.

3. Selecting the Right Roof Contractor

This just might be the most important part of your entire roof project. Not every home improvement contractor is the same. From the planning and communication process to installation to final inspections – it’s important for your contractor to have your best interest in mind. You should also make sure that your roofing contractor is licensed and insured. We wrote an article that goes over five questions you should ask your contractor before they begin work for you.

Interested in a new roof for your home? Give us a call at 517-371-3100 or request your free estimate online.