If you’re planning to replace your roof or you’re about to build your home, there are a few basic things that you might want to consider so there’s no room for regret later on. It helps to be aware of what you can and cannot do with your roof since there are also laws that property owners and roofing contractors must follow, depending on your current roofing needs.

Here are some tips and suggestions to get you started:

    1. How durable do you want your roof to be? Completely natural slate roofing can last as long as 200 years while steel and aluminum can last for a century. If you want an easy to install roof, you can go for asphalt, which has an average lifespan of 30 years. Composite roofing is another alternative that you may consider, having the ability to last for 50 years and sometimes even for a lifetime.
    2. There are also materials that are more resistant to fire but generally, concrete roof tiles, metal roofs and fiberglass asphalt composition shingles have Class A fire ratings.
    3. Consider going green or environment-friendly. Ask your roofer about composite roofing, recycled shingles, and metal roofs.
    4. How much is your budget? If you’re on a budget but are looking for quality materials, you will not go wrong with asphalt shingles. Asphalt roofing is also the most popular choice in the US because they require less maintenance. If you have money spare, you may choose between tile, slate or wood shingles, or metal roofing.
    5. Prepare/gather the required documents. There are three key documents that are vital to your project: building permit, written agreement with your contractor, and proof of your roofer’s worker’s compensation and liability plan.

Of course, you always have to keep in mind that choosing high-quality products will lessen the chances of having your roof repaired or replaced in the future. Remember that the roof is a home’s first line of defense against natural elements and calamities. Shop around, ask the right questions from your contractor, and decide wisely.