There are many situations that lead homeowners to opt for residential roof replacement rather than continuing to dump money into repairs. A roof replacement, while it is an investment, can offer more protection, style, and value for your home. However, a roof replacement is a large home improvement project and there are many factors that should first be considered. 

If you are planning on replacing your roof soon, first consider the following:

Geographic Location

Do you live near the water or in an extremely dry climate? Is your home located in an area that experiences torrential thunderstorms and high winds? The weather and climate of the region you live in is very important to think about when opting for a roof replacement. I

In Arizona and many other Southwest regions, scorching heat, high winds, sand storms, and downpours that come with the summer monsoon season, and fluctuating temperatures from day to night are the reasons why home homeowners choose higher-grade roofing materials, in lieu of the basic three-tab shingles. 

Take some time to think about what the weather and climate is like each season and if any of them present a risk that may require a more durable roof. 


When it comes to budget-friendly roofing materials, the most economical choice for a roof replacement is choosing architectural. This type of roofing is a step up from the basic three-tab shingles mentioned above. While three-tab shingles certainly offer good quality, it is only able to withstand winds up to 60 mph. Architectural shingles, on the other hand, can withstand high wind speeds, typically around 130 mph. While these do cost more than architectural shingles, the cost difference for your investment is usually well worth it as long as the higher cost fits your budget.

Additionally, clay and concrete tile roofing are great options. Especially for homes in Arizona, tile roofing offers more superiority compared to other roofing material alternatives. While it does have a higher price point it will offer more durability and value to your home in the long run. For example, shingle roofing typically lasts 20 to 25 years with the proper care, whereas tile roofing can last anywhere from 40 to 60 years.


Of course, you want to choose a roofing system that will last for generations, but you should also want a roof that complements the appearance of your property. Luxury shingles, concrete tiles, and other specialty roofing materials all have a unique appearance that is sure to up the curb appeal and value of your home. If you have to follow HOA rules and policies, make sure you confirm that the style you choose does not step over any lines. 

Roof Pitch

The pitch or slope of your roof, or certain portions of your roof, play an essential role in what type of roof will offer the best performance on that surface. Anything from a flat roof to a roof with a 3:12 pitch is categorized as a low slope roof and requires, in most cases, a roof membrane system for the best performance. 

Future Plans

Those who plan to live in their home for several years typically are more willing to invest a little more in their roof systems so that it will not require replacing as frequently. When you are replacing the roof on your home, the decision to go with lower or higher grade roofing materials depends on what you are looking for as far as your return on investment.

Installation Method

If a roofing contractor wants to install new materials over shingles, they may not be as qualified and experienced as you initially thought. This installation method is not recommended by most professional roofing companies. It is crucial to inspect the wood deck to ensure that the new roof is being installed over a sound structure. Because roofing materials are very heavy, building on an unstable structure that is unable to support the weight of the materials can be dangerous. Roofing over a previously installed roof is only acceptable and effective under certain circumstances, usually with flat roof systems, but you should always consult with your roofer for the best solution.


If you wait too long to undergo a roof replacement, it could end up costing you more money in the long run. Ongoing leaks on any roof can lead to rotten and deteriorated sheathing, which will certainly add up in the end.

These are just a few of the many factors that you should consider when opting for a roof replacement. Taking the time to think about these prior to replacing your roof can save you a lot of time, money, and hassle. 

Of course, if you are interested in replacing your roof you can trust the team at Express Roofing. Specializing in new roof installation, our roofers can install a new, high-quality roof that will last for years to come. To learn more information, contact us!