Roof Buying Guide

If you own a home, chances are likely that, at some point, you will have to go through a roof replacement. As one of the most significant investments a homeowner will have to fund, it’s essential to make sure that the buying process goes smoothly in terms of experience with your contractor and the design of your new roof. If you’ve never gone through the roof buying process before, it may seem a bit overwhelming, but the good news is that when you know what to look for, the process won’t be scary. Keep reading to learn about our roof buying guide for purchasing a roof replacement in 2022 and beyond. 

Northern Colorado roof buying guide 

Do I need a new roof?

It may seem like common sense, but the first step in purchasing a new roof is determining if a new roof is needed. While it’s best to consult with a professional roofer for an inspection, you can take the first step of doing a visual inspection on your roof yourself. If you notice signs of damage, such as cracked, missing, or weathered shingles, this is a good sign that you may need a roof replacement. Depending on the material your roof is made of, 20-year-old roofs and older may indicate it would be better to replace versus repair a damaged roof. Consult with a roofing professional to be sure, though!

Types of roofing materials

Once you’ve determined that you do, in fact, need a new roof, it’s time to start the process of deciding which material would be best for your new roof. Some common roofing materials include asphalt shingles, slate, tile, metal, wood, shakes, and rubber composite shingles. Each has its pros and cons, so consider both when determining which material is best for your new roof. 

Roof styles 

In addition to the types of materials that can be used for your roof, there also are different styles of roofs that can be used for your home. Typically homeowners will use the style of their previous roof, but it’s never too late to switch it up. Some of the most common styles available include 3-tab shingles, architectural shingles, and interlocking shingles. Consult with your roofer to determine which would be best for your home regarding function and design. 

Additional considerations 

Buying a roof can be a lengthy process, but there are a few items that you should put on your list before making a final purchase. Take a look at the list below:

  • Determine costs beforehand 
  • Know what to expect as far as a timeline for installation 
  • Make sure that your roofer has experience with the type of replacement you are requesting 
  • Check local building codes 
  • Review the fire rating of the materials you are using 
  • Check to ensure that proper ventilation is present between your roof and your ceiling 
  • Pick colors that complement the rest of your home 

Summit Roofing Solutions LLC roof shingles

To dive deeper into the process of buying a new roof, check out this roof buying guide by Forbes. You can also learn more by checking out this roofing buying guide by Consumer Reports. 

As a local roofing company specializing in residential roofing and repairs, you can trust our experienced professional roofers when you work with Summit Roofing Solutions, LLC. We also specialize in roofing repair after hail storms, so if you need a new roof due to damage caused by hail, we are happy to assist you in getting a new one. We serve Greeley, Fort Collins, Loveland, and Northern Colorado. Call 970-381-9926 to contact us about scheduling your roofing replacement or for a free estimate. We look forward to working with you soon and hope you’ll choose us while searching for a full-service roofer near me!

Check out this 5-star review from our recent customer, Kimberly Adams. 

“I could not be more pleased with my experience with Zach and the team at Summit Roofing Solutions. Zach was extremely helpful from the beginning, doing the initial inspection/quote and working through to the very end with my insurance company to ensure they covered everything necessary. The team that came out to do the roof replacement was incredibly efficient and did a great job as well. I would highly recommend them!”

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