If your roof needs to be replaced or repaired, you won’t be able to ignore it for long. The roof is one of the most important components of your home, especially in areas where rain is common. Leaks and underlying damage will start to crop up if your roof is in any kind of disrepair.

Of course, there are many options when it comes to roofing materials. On top of that, you may not know where to get started at all. We’ll let you know what to do when you’re thinking about replacing or repairing your roof.

Permits and Licenses

In Oklahoma City, there are certain permits you may need before proceeding with any roofing job. This is true even if you are replacing or repairing your roof on your own. If you are simply replacing roofing materials, you don’t need a permit. But, if “structural roofing members” are being replaced, the city requires you to purchase a building permit.

The city also notes that you should make sure your roofers have a roofing license issued by the state of Oklahoma. Don’t let anyone on your roof if they can’t produce this license.

Types of Roofing Materials

Once you’ve got the legal stuff out of the way, you will need to decide what type of roofing material you want to use. Obviously, in Oklahoma the weather can become volatile, so it’s important to keep that in mind when choosing what goes on top of your house. Of course, you also have to factor in budgetary and structural concerns, as well as if you are working on a residential or commercial roof.

  • Asphalt shingles – The most common type of roofing material that is usually rated to last between 20 and 30 years. Premium asphalt fiberglass shingles can last up to 50 years. Roofers tend to have more experience installing these and they come in a large variety of styles. It’s also usually the cheapest option.
  • Metal roofing – Metal is durable and can withstand high winds, hail, heat, and virtually every other natural phenomenon you can throw at it. However, if your roof is complex or oddly-shaped, metal won’t really work. It tends to be fairly affordable.
  • Slate shingles – Slate shingles are stylish, extremely durable, and eco-friendly. The major downside is that they can be very expensive. But, you may not have to worry about replacing your roof ever again as they can last up to 100 years.
  • Wood shingles – Wood shingles are durable and reasonably priced, but they require a lot of maintenance over the course of their lifetime. If you don’t want to consistently maintain your roof, then wood probably isn’t for you.

Again, the choice is up to you. Most homeowners opt for asphalt shingles simply because they are the easiest option. But, if you can afford it, something more durable and longer-lasting might be worth your while.

When to Replace Your Roof

You don’t always have to replace your roof, even if damage is apparent. If the damage is localized or there are only a few shingles broken or missing, then you can do some small repairs. Even so, what looks like a small leak could indicate much broader structural damage. So a replacement may be necessary.

The best time to replace your roof is during late summer when it’s warm, dry, and relatively calm. Demand during that time can be high, so prices might also jump a little. But, waiting too long could prove to be even costlier.

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