What to Consider When Replacing Your Residential Roof


There’s a lot to consider when replacing your residential roof — we’re here to answer your questions.

Whether it’s simply a matter of wanting change, or whether there’s been significant damage to your roof, replacing your roof is a significant project to take on. As such, there’s a lot to consider. Luckily, your favorite roofing experts at Topper Construction have compiled this simple list of things to consider when replacing a residential roof.


Depending on where you are, the climate your home is exposed to, and other environmental factors, like salty air near the ocean for example, certain roofing materials may be better than others for your residential roof construction. Higher quality materials might be a good idea if durability is a concern.

Combining Style, Function, and Budget

Finding the ultimate combination of what you want and what you can afford can be a tough trick, but it’s a crucial one. If you’re on a tight budget, simple 3-tab shingles are a popular and economical option. If you need a bit more strength like we mentioned above, you might want to make room in your budget for higher-grade materials like architectural shingles. And if you have a little wiggle room in your budget and want to go for something more ornate or more functional, there are plenty of options for style (slate or cedar), and function (solar shingles).

Your Home — Present and Future

Another big thing to consider is the state of your home, both now and later on down the road. For now: What’s the grade or steepness of your roof? Some materials work better or worse depending on the slope of the roof. What’s the condition of your old roof? We firstly recommend removing old shingles to inspect the underneath wood deck for stability. Waiting too long to repair damage can be significantly more costly in the long run. As for the future: How long do you plan to live here? Is it a rental property? The answer to these questions can determine how much you want to invest on replacing your roof, and what kind of return on that investment you’re looking for.
These are a few important things to consider when starting a residential roofing project, but if you have any more questions or concerns that weren’t addressed here, don’t hesitate to drop us a line.

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