When you are going to get your roof replaced, you want to make sure that the roof that you are going to get is going to last for a long time. You don't want to have to replace your roof again in just a few years. So, you need to make sure that you are doing everything you can to get the right roof for you, and talking to a roofer about the various materials out there can help you make the decision. When you talk to your roofer about what material you should go with for your roof replacement, what should you talk about?
You will need to ask if you need to replace the sheathing on the roof. The sheathing is the wood that goes under the roofing material and gives it a place to support the material. Depending on how old your current roof is and why you are replacing it, you may need to replace that sheathing as well, especially if you have had any leaks or damage because that will have caused damage to the roof and can cause your new roof to break down faster. See if you need to totally replace the sheathing or if you can replace just damaged parts of it.
While you are replacing your roof, you might want to add some reinforcements to it as well. What those reinforcements are depends on your location. For example, if you live in a hurricane-prone area, you might want the roofer to retrofit ties that will help keep your roof on during a storm. Those ties will anchor the roof to the tops of your walls and then down into your foundation through the loadbearing walls in your house. The ties might not keep your roof on in the most severe hurricanes, but it will give it extra strength in less severe storms. If you live in a place that gets a lot of snow, reinforcements are going to take on an entirely different form. In that case, you want to make sure that your roof can hold the weight of the snow and can spread it out over the entire house so that no one part of your roof is holding more weight than another.
If you are going to get your roof replaced, make sure that you talk to the roofer so that you can get the one that will work best for you and your house.