When it comes to choosing a new roof for your home, there are a lot of things to consider. You need to know that your new roof will stand up to anything that comes its way. You also want to know that you'll get a good return on your investment. Here are some questions you can ask that will help take the work out of choosing a new roof for your home. 

Are You Worried About Routine Maintenance?

If you don't want to spend a lot of time on roof maintenance, choose a material that won't require too much time and attention. Your roof has round-the-clock exposure to the elements. Depending on the material you choose, you may need to provide an annual cleaning for your roof. Asphalt, composite, and wood shake shingles require an annual cleaning to keep them looking their best. Avoid the annual cleaning. Choose a metal roof instead. Metal roofs don't require the annual cleaning. They'll look great without all the added effort. 

Is the New Roof for an Existing Home? 

When it comes to choosing a new roof, you need to consider the age of the home. If your new roof will be going on an existing home, you'll need to plan for weight limitations. Some roofing materials are heavier than others, which will place a bigger load on your home. For an existing home, an asphalt or composite shingle roof may be your best option. 

Do You Plan to Own Your Home for More Than a Few Years?

When you sit down to discuss a new roof, you should have an idea of how long you plan to live in your home. If you want to replace the existing roof so you can get a better price when you sell your home, choose asphalt or a composite material. If you plan to make this the last house you'll ever purchase, choose a material that's designed to last longer than a decade. For longevity, a slate roof is your best option. If you invest in a hard slate, you can expect your new roof to last up to 200 years

Do You Plan to Decorate for the Holidays?

If you like to decorate for the holidays and you include all the exterior surfaces of your home in the plans, choose the right material for your new roof. You'll want a roofing material that can withstand being walked on and decorated. You also want a roofing material that won't be damaged by the fasteners you'll use to secure your decorations. For this type of annual activity, your best option is an asphalt or composite shingle roof.

Call a residential roofing contractor for more information.