What to Consider in Planning for Your New Roof

What to Consider in Planning for Your New Roof

There are many great reasons to install a new roof, whether your roof is showing its age, you are buying or selling a home, or you just want to spruce up your home’s curb appeal. If you are just starting to plan your new roofing system, there are many factors to consider that will ensure your new roof is durably constructed and lasts through the years.

New Roofing Materials

Advances in technology and manufacturing of roofing materials deliver longer roof lifespans, better energy efficiency, and more choices for colors and designs than roofs constructed just ten or twenty years ago. Two of the most popular roofing materials to choose from are asphalt and metal.

  • Asphalt: Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material used for residential roofs. The lower cost compared to other materials is largely the reason. However, new asphalt shingles are manufactured to last 30 years when installed correctly.
  • Metal: Metal roofs are more durable (lasting up to 70 years), and don’t need as much maintenance as asphalt roofing materials. Metal roofs also stand up to high winds common in the Greater Kansas City area and shed rain and snow faster. You have many design and color options with metal roofing.


The gutters are an important component of your new roofing system that help move water away from the eaves and foundation. Whether you decide upon seamless or a conventional gutter system, include new gutters in your roofing plans.

Attic Insulation and Ventilation

Attic insulation and ventilation are important to the function and lifespan of your new roof. Without adequate insulation and ventilation, your attic will become too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. This can cause damage to your roofing system and increase your energy bills.

Insulate your attic to R60 and consider mechanical ventilation, such as a solar ventilation system, to continuously move air through your attic space.

Home Buying and Selling

The roofing system is an important factor when you are buying or selling a home. A new roof can help you secure a higher selling price beyond the roofing costs, or make your home more attractive to buyers if you are selling.

If you are buying a home that needs a new roof, factor in the cost of new roofing in your home loan.
If you have questions about planning for a new roofing system, contact the experts at Bill West Roofing today!

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