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4 Things to Consider When Choosing Roofing Material

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1.      Climate– The location of your new roof, helps narrow down what types of roofing materials can be installed on your roof.  In the Pacific Northwest, there is a lot of rain and moisture and moss.  Asphalt shingles and metal roofs tend to work best in this climate.  In the Southwest, there is intense heat from the sun, wind and it is very dry.  Tile is very common in the southwest where there isn’t a lot of rain fall, and the clay tile can handle the intensity of the sun.  It is important to learn what types of roofing materials fare best in your climate and make your selection from those.

2.       Pitch– Roofing materials have variations on which pitched roofs they can be installed on.  For example, asphalt shingles, cannot be installed on low pitched roofs 2/12 and under.  Likewise, PVC, TPO and torch down should not be installed on roofs with much of a slope at all. 

3.       Budget  How much would you like to spend on your roof?  Metal roofs last a lot longer than asphalt shingled roofs do, but they also come with a greater cost than asphalt shingles.  Also, it is important to consider the day to day cost of your roof.  A lighter colored metal roof does a better job reflecting the elements then a darker asphalt roof will. 

4.       Style  It is important to make sure that the style of your home and roof match. For example, a log cabin type of home would look ridiculous with a tile roof, but a stucco home in the south would look great with one. 

Are you still unsure about what type of material to use on your roof?  Call us at 866-Roofing and schedule your free estimate or talk with one of our professionals about what kind of options you have!

  1. Agreed but a smart home owner must always opt for roofing material that could last longer in the weather of the place.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Definitely! Weather is what a roof is protecting the home from! Thank you for your comment!

  2. Thanks for the tips for choosing roofing. My wife and I want to have a new roof put in, but we haven’t decided what kind. I appreciate you mentioning to make sure you choose materials that make sense for your climate. We live in the southwest, and it is dry all the time. We will look into tile, like you said!

  3. Your advice to choose a roof that matches the style of your home is very useful. This could ensure that your house’s design looks great. Once you’ve chosen a style, you’d probably want to make sure you hire a roofing contractor that will use high-quality materials, as well as the proper tools, to give you the one that you want.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Thanks! Due to the style of my house the roof is very visible from the road. The roof is old, 3 tab and not very curb appealing. The design of the shingles we choose will have a huge impact on how our house looks. I love the carriage shingle designs but they do not fit the boxy colonial style of my house. Sadly, it looks like we will have to go with something different.

  4. Thanks for the thoughts on getting a new roof. We need to get a new one, because our asphalt shingles are at the end of their lives. We live in a really hot and dry climate, so I guess we should be looking at clay or tile.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Thanks for your comment! Clay tiles are really good for a dry environment. They also have slate tiles that have a nice look to them as well.

  5. I had never really considered what a big impact the climate can have on the roof. Picking the right type of material is so important.

  6. I like how you say that you need to consider what kind of budget you are willing to spend on a roof. It would make sense to consider a metal roof because the cost would be high initially but it would last longer. My sister is replacing her roof, so maybe she should consider a metal one due to the longevity.

  7. Thank you so much for saying that the pitch of the roof can help you decide the type of shingles you should use. I had no idea that asphalt shingles can be installed on roofs that are pitched higher than 2 and a half. My husband and I have been hoping to redo the shingles on our roof soon and we’re hoping to use asphalt shingles. So hopefully we have a high pitched roof.

  8. It’s good to know that when it comes to choosing roofing material that there are a lot of different things that need to be considered beforehand. I like how you mentioned that we need to decide what we would like to spend on our roof so that we will get a better idea of what will match that. This is very helpful to know so that we can find shingles that will end up saving us more money then costing it.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Thanks Harper! There are so many different roofing materials nowadays that you can definitely find ones that are within your budget. When budgeting for your roof, it is also important to think about the cost of replacing it in the future. Sometimes cheaper asphalt materials maybe cheaper now, but when you look at another tear off and replacement roof, it may not be cheaper than a longer lasting material.

  9. It’s been quite some time since I have fixed up my roof, and I would love to find someone to get us a new one. I love that you say to choose a style that matches the rest of your house. That way, your roof will just improve the look of your house.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Thanks for your comment Frank!

  10. These are helpful ideas for choosing a roof material. We’re planning on replacing our roof soon, but we can’t decide on the material. I hadn’t thought about the climate, but that makes a lot of sense. We live in really hot, dry summer and snowy winters. Would clay or tile be best for that?

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Clay or concrete tiles would provide the same protection. A lot of times they can offer a different look though. Where we live, it is hot in the summer and snowy in the winters and a lot of people here still choose a higher quality asphalt single. Metal roofing is also an option for that type of climate too.

  11. Thanks for the tip about using asphalt shingles if there’s lots of moisture in your area. My husband and I are thinking about building a house, and it rains a lot where we live. Maybe we should ask our roofing contractor about getting asphalt shingles.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Hi Violette! Another good roofing choice for a rainy area is metal roofing! Thanks for your comment!

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