Updating your roof is one of the most significant investments you can make as a homeowner and it can last you 20 to 30 years.
While asphalt is the most common type of shingle used and is relatively inexpensive, other materials can also be used, like wood, slate or tile.
Angie Hicks, the creator of Angie's List, said when determining which type of shingle to use, consider what material is currently on your home.
The color of the shingles is also something to consider.
"The great thing now is there are many choices, especially with asphalt shingles," Hicks said. "A lot of roofing manufacturers also have a computer program that can show you exactly what it's going to look like when it's on your house. The last thing you want to do is pick a roof that doesn't compliment your home or the neighborhood."
When hiring a roofing contractor, make sure you find a reputable contractor who is licensed and has insurance.
Roofing contractor Tom Scribbins suggests getting a lien release for labor and material.
"That means you want proof that this guy has paid for the stuff at the supply house," Scribbins said. "Otherwise, you paid him, and then a year later, here comes the supply house wanting you to pay for those shingles again. It doesn't seem fair, and you would think that you can get out of it, but you can't. They are going to put a lien on your house."
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