Getting a new roof is important. It protects your house from the elements and helps to keep your house standing nice and straight. So, if you are going to get a new roof, you want to make sure that you are going to get the right roof for your house. The best way to do that is to talk to the roofing contractor that you are going to work with. They may want to climb up on your roof to take a look at what is already up there. They should talk to you about what you are looking for in your new roof. That would be the time to ask the contractor several questions so that you can make the right decision for your house. 

Life Span

One of the most important things that you should ask about is how long the roof is going to last. The different materials have different life spans, and those life spans can go from just a few years to decades. Even within the same kind of roofing material, you can get a variation of life span, so if you are set on one particular kind of material, check with the roofer about how different aspects of any material will make the material last longer. For example, the percentage of recycled asphalt shingles in the shingles they are putting on your roof now may be able to can affect how long your roof is going to last. 


Weight can actually have a huge effect on what you choose to put on your roof. A heavy kind of material can put a lot of stress on your house, so you may have to reinforce load-bearing walls and add in some extra reinforcements on the underside of your roof as well. If you want to go with something like natural slate on your roof, then the weight aspect is going to be really important. Your roofer should be able to talk to you about the weight and what modifications you may need to retrofit your house in order to have the kind of roof you want to have. 

You want to make sure that your roof is in good shape. If you decide that you are going to get a new roof, you want to make sure that you spend time talking to the roofing contractor you have hired. Spending that time will let them ask you questions while you ask them questions. That shared information can help you get the right material for your new roof.