1. Consider the type of roofing material to use.
Consider the advantages and disadvantages of each material. Common roofing materials include asphalt shingles, clay tiles, metal roofing, rubber membranes, slate tiles, and wood shakes.
2. Evaluate your home's architecture and climate conditions.
The type of roofing material chosen should take into account the local climate, the building’s architecture, and the homeowner’s budget.
3. Identify potential installation issues before starting the project (e.g., ventilation, condensation in attics).
Be sure to repair any existing damage or deterioration beforehand. Consider the age of existing structures, as well as how much weight the roof can handle.
4. Compare different materials used for roof replacement (e.g., asphalt shingles, clay tiles, metal roofing).
Research the advantages and disadvantages of each type. Consider price, durability, energy efficiency, warranties, and installation costs.
5. Determine if a tear-off or overlay is needed.
If the existing roof is not in good condition, a tear-off may be necessary. An overlay can save time and money if the existing roof is in good shape.
6. Consult with a professional contractor to get estimates and advice on the best materials and techniques.
Research contractors in your area and get estimates from at least three. Ask for references and look into their experience and reputation.
7. Plan ahead by budgeting for additional costs such as plywood sheathing, flashing, ice/water shield membrane and shingle felt.
These can add up, so factor in additional costs as you plan your budget.
8. Be sure that all local building codes are met.
Find out about local codes, building permits, and requirements before beginning the project.
9. Check warranties associated with new roofs.
Find out what is covered, and make sure the contractor is experienced in completing warranty work.
10. Make sure you have proper permits from your municipality.
Your municipality will likely require permits for roof replacement, so make sure you have all of the necessary paperwork.