You may not think about the protection your home roof offers to you on a constant basis, but it does provide you with around-the-clock protection in all types of weather. With this type of wear and tear, your roof is going to age and need to be replaced, and depending on the type of shingles you have installed, this may occur within a couple decades, or your roof might last a lot longer. The following are some recommendations to help you prepare for a roof replacement and choose the right shingle and roof material.
Choose the Right Roofing Material
As a first step toward home roof replacement, you need to evaluate your home and choose the right type of roofing material to replace the existing roof with. Just because your home's roof is currently roofed with asphalt shingles does not mean you have to replace the shingles with asphalt shingles. You can switch to a more long-lasting roofing material, such as metal roofing or clay tiles. Or you might want to upgrade your asphalt shingles to a shingle that is wind resistant if you live in an area prone to tornadoes or hurricanes, for example.
Another selection detail for a new roof is the color of the roof surface. You can opt for an energy-efficient roof to keep your home cool in a hot and arid or tropical climate. Some shingles are made with special reflective particles that reflect the sun's UV rays or are a lighter color to absorb less heat from the sun.
Consider Your Home Interior Environment
While you are having your roof replaced, there is going to naturally be some amount of noise from workers on your roof as they remove the old shingles and attach new ones. The noise may be annoying to yourself and any children, but also consider the ears of your pets. Some pets, such as cats and dogs, can have sensitive hearing and the noise can stress them out and cause anxiety and fear. Think about removing them from your home to a quiet location while the roof is replaced.
Then, if you plan to leave your home while the roofers are working, don't turn on your home's security system. A home security system can often be sensitive to vibrations in the home and can set off the alarm while you are away.
Contact a roofer near you for more information.