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5 Things to Consider When Replacing A Roof

Dealing with a leaky, unreliable roof? Consider how old your roof is and it might be time for a roof replacement. A lot goes into finding the perfect roof to protect your home and complement your unique aesthetic. These are 5 of the most important things to consider when replacing your roof.


This might be the most important piece to consider. By having a budget and available payment methods in mind you can work with your contractor to determine an estimate and timeline that fits your needs. Keep in mind, there are quite a few factors that go into determining the price of a new roof, including the cost of labor, materials and disposal fees so costs will vary from home to home.


Another important consideration is to think about what type of material you want for your new roof. Tile, metal, and shingle roofs all have unique benefits; but all work well for the climate in Tampa and Sarasota. Here is a breakdown of each roof type and benefits:


Tile roofs are incredibly durable and made to withstand heavy rains and wind that Florida summers are sure to bring. They also have a long lifespan that can last a lifetime with the proper care. In addition to its longevity, tile roofs also keep homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter; meaning energy cost savings you’ll reap for years to come.


These days, metal shingles are designed to look like traditional materials like tile or shingle. Metal roofs tend to have more of an upfront investment, but typically require less frequent repairs for cost savings down the road. Another benefit of metal roofs is that they reflect heat, making for cooler summers in Florida.


Shingles are the most popular material used for new roofs because they are versatile enough to meet several different roofing styles. They tend to be less expensive to install and are more common for repairs and replacement.

Color & Style

This is the fun part of choosing a new roof. Depending on what materials you use, there are a ton of great color themes and styles you can choose from to complement your aesthetic and update the look of your home. Keep in mind though, if you’re part of a Homeowner’s Association, there may be restrictions on what your neighborhood allows so ensure you are aware of neighborhood restrictions. Color and style can also provide a refresh to an older home if you are considering a move.

Resale Value

Your roof can be as customizable as you want, but if you’re planning on moving within the life of your roof, it’s important to consider how its design could affect the resale value of your home. Certain styles aren’t for everyone, but if you plan on staying in your home for a long period of time and it makes you happy – we say go for it!

Existing Roof

The final thing to consider is whether you want your old roof completely removed, or simply built over. When using metal or shingles, you can build over your old roof, which can have some cost savings because it eliminates the labor needed to remove the old roof. A re-roof may not work for every home depending on its structure of the previous materials used, so check with your roofing contractor for their expertise.

A roof replacement is an investment that will last for years to come and a wise investment to protect the integrity of your home. If you’re unsure about any of the above, the team at Westfall Roofing will walk you through the process step by step. Our team leverages the latest technology to ensure accuracy and that you have a full understanding of your roof replacement throughout the entire process.

Since 1989, Westfall Roofing has covered the residents of Tampa and Sarasota like family. We treat every roof repair with the utmost integrity and care, to provide value to your home that will last for years to come. Contact Westfall Roofing for your roof replacement and repair needs today.

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