When the time comes to replace your roof, whether it’s due to old age or because of the recent damage, you have to solve at least one big dilemma. Should you replace it with exactly the same roof or go with a different roof system? There are pros and cons to weigh in before you decide, and our Howard County roof replacement specialists are here to help you!
Check Your Insurance Policy
If you plan on using your homeowners’ insurance to pay for roof replacement, check your policy first. Some policies may place restrictions on the type of roofing systems they consider a suitable replacement. Many will only pay for a new roof that is similar to the old one. So if you are considering something different, your insurance may cover it only partially or not at all.
Check With Your HOA
If you live in a HOA community, you were probably given a booklet with HOA bylaws. Among other things, most HOAs regulate what roof you may install, down to the color scheme. Keep in mind that just because your current roof meets HOA requirements, doesn’t mean that replacing it with the exact same roof is a safe option. HOA bylaws may have changed since your home was built, and while your current roof was grandfathered into the new rule, your new roof won’t be.
Consider the Long-Term Value
Even if you don’t live in a HOA community, consider how the new roof you choose will affect both the value and the marketability of your home. When the time comes to sell, you want your new roof to be a major selling point, not a deal breaker. Look at the homes in your neighborhood and see what kind of roof systems they use. If your home is similar in style to the rest of the locals, it may make sense to also use the same roofing materials they do, so that your home fits in. Another thing to consider is the warranty you will get on your new roofing materials. Naturally, a longer warranty means more money upfront, but this could be a big benefit for future home buyers.
Make a Wishlist
Do you dislike something about your current roof besides it being old and weathered? Is it very noisy when it rains? Did it fail way sooner than it should have? Was it prone to ice dams? Did it never look good or fit the style of your house? Make a mental or physical list of all the problems that you had with the old roof and that you don’t want to face again. If your insurance and HOA don’t create obstacles, this list will be your guidance for choosing the perfect roof for your home.
Talk to Your Contractor
By the time you find a reliable Maryland roofing contractor, it’s good to have a general idea of what you want in a roof. Your contractor will then help you narrow down the choices and make the right decision. At Alternative Roofing, we know everything there is to know about roofing materials available today. This knowledge helps us advise our customers on the most attractive, long-lasting and affordable solutions for their needs.
Know Your Options
This is when it’s great to have a knowledgeable roofing contractor: he or she can let you know about options you didn’t even know existed. Have you considered architectural shingles? Did you know there are different fire ratings for roofs? Alternative Roofing is here to help you choose and envision your new roof!
Give us a call or contact us online today for a free estimate!