Has the time come to replace your roof? Then you might be wondering what steps to take first in your quest for a new roof. Before you choose a new roof, you need to be sure about exactly what you want. That's why it's a good idea to take some time to think before you hire a roofing contractor.

But if you are unsure about what you should take into account when re-roofing your home, use the following advice to help you get started.

Replace or Repair?

Before you commit to replacing your current roof, think about your reasons for doing so. If your current roof is damaged and looks the worse for wear, you might assume that roof replacement is the only option. But if you aren't sure of the extent of the damage or wear and tear, consider hiring a roofing contractor to inspect your roof before you commit to replacing it.

A reputable roofing contractor can examine your roof and advise you on the best course of action. If the underlying structure of the roof is sound, then a repair job might be enough to restore your roof.

Strip or Re-Roof

If you do decide to replace your roof, and you have a shingle roof, decide whether you want to re-roof or strip. If you re-roof your current shingle roof, then this means that your roofing contractor will place new shingles over the old shingles. However, if you choose this option, your roofing contractor won't be able to check the underlying roof structure for damage or wear and tear.

Stripping the old materials away first might help your roofer to spot a potential problem that might undermine the integrity of your new roof in the future.


Your choice of roofing material is an important one. You need to choose a roofing material that suits the design of your house. You could also select a roofing material that matches that of the other homes in your neighborhood. Consider the energy efficiency of your new materials and the longevity too if you wish to save money in the long term.

The Roofing Contractor

Finding the right roofing contractor at the right time can be a challenge if you don't know where to look or what to look for. Consider asking friends and relatives in your area for recommendations, since this will give you a chance to find a reputable local mover. Always inquire about the warranties offered by the roofing contractors you approach. 

Contact a roofer for more information about a roof replacement