“Our home’s not historic, exactly, but it’s an older home,” Jonathan said. “And I like the look of it. I like the vintage style. We’re getting to where it’s time to replace the roof, and I’m wondering, how do you go about that? Do you replace the roof you had with the same type of roof that it originally had – in my case, that means asphalt shingles – or do you look at other types of roofing that may be more durable and in the long run, more affordable?”
If you’re not sure what type of roof would be best for your older Plymouth home, one of the best things you can do is talk to a roofing contractor who works in the area. That way they will be familiar with homes like yours, and can give you first hand insights on how different types of roofing material has performed for these homeowners.
While you may like your home’s vintage look, be aware that many new roofing options have developed since it was built. Even in something as basic as asphalt shingles, there are color options that simply didn’t exist or weren’t widely available when your home was built. It’s a good idea to look at all of the possibilities before making your decision. Depending on what roofing you choose, your roofing contractor may be able to provide you with addresses of nearby homes with that type of roof: take a drive by and see if you like how the roof looks actually installed on a building.
There may also be higher quality durable versions of your vintage roofing materials now. These materials look identical to what you currently have in place, but feature more protection for your home against water, wind, and weather events.
Make sure to take pictures of your home before the roofing contractor starts work. These before and after pictures can really illustrate how good your home looks with a new roof!