A new roof instantly changes your home’s appearance and boosts its curb appeal. Plus, it provides much-needed protection for your home and your family. Just as you would put thought and time into your exterior paint colors and landscaping, there are many roofing options to suit different budgets and tastes. Keep reading for five things to consider when choosing a new roof (these tips are based on a home in good structural condition).
1. Personal Style
You may not have thought about your roofing likes and dislikes before, but considering what a big decision a new roof is in terms of cost and project scope, allow yourself time to explore your roofing preferences. Now that roofing is on your mind, you may notice favorite exteriors when driving through your neighborhood or city. Also worth some thought: what architectural style is your home, and how can you highlight those features with your roof design? Modern or Victorian, Greek Revival or Colonial, Art Deco, Cape Cod, Contemporary or Craftsman, and the list goes on (more from Realtor magazine). The Bone Dry Roofing team has years of experience creating custom roofing solutions; browse our project gallery for inspiration.
What works best for your unique budget and goals plays a big role in your roofing decision. There are plenty of budget-friendly options that are durable and attractive. Metal roofs and shingle roofs are usually top of the list for their initial investment, though we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention also factoring in the costs of your roof over a lifetime (more on this later).
3. Homeowners Association
If your neighborhood has a homeowner’s association (HOA), chances are good you also have roofing covenants and guidelines to follow. Save yourself time and money by reviewing this information before contacting a roofing contractor. Your HOA may require you to submit roofing plans for approval before your project begins. Work with a professional roofing team equipped to provide necessary documentation and support throughout this process.
4. Replacement Costs Over a Lifetime
Looking at the bigger picture (and lifetime costs) of your new roof often leads to taking a different direction. For example, in our recent blog post about tile roofs, we broke down the long-term costs of a tile roof. While tile roofs are often more expensive initially, the long-term costs are quite the opposite. There are also energy savings to factor in, plus avoiding or delaying the hassle of replacing your roof down the road. Ask the Bone Dry team for more information on what roof makes the most sense for your long-term budget needs.
5. An Experienced Roofing Team
Considering your investment, your goal is a quality roof that won’t leak, and one that is designed and installed in a reasonable amount of time by a well-trained team of professionals. Do your research on your roofing company options and take your time when making this decision. Look for a team with a solid history working in your community (and one that is licensed and insured). Browse their website, check for trade association memberships and awards, ask for testimonials, read online reviews and research their credentials. We recommend using the National Roofing Contractors Association’s Roofing Contractor Qualification Statement to be sure you cover all your bases.
Make sure you partner with the best roofing company in your area. Bone Dry Roofing, locally owned and operated in Charleston, SC, Bone Dry Roofing, locally owned and operated in St. Simons, Bone Dry Roofing, locally owned and operated in Athens, GA. You can contact us today for your new roofing needs at 1-855-BONEDRY.