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4 Things to Consider When Choosing Roofing Material

 

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!

43 thoughts on “4 Things to Consider When Choosing Roofing Material

Ron Pickle April 28, 2017 at 7:43 am

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

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    lauraweldon05 April 28, 2017 at 1:46 pm

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

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Ernest London May 22, 2017 at 12:24 pm

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!

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Tiffany Locke June 9, 2017 at 4:55 pm

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.

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    lauraweldon05 June 19, 2017 at 6:22 am

    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.

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Ridley Fitzgerald June 14, 2017 at 3:09 pm

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.

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    lauraweldon05 June 19, 2017 at 6:33 am

    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.

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Steve White July 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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.

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Gloria Durst August 2, 2017 at 6:43 pm

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.

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Ashley Turns August 10, 2017 at 2:47 pm

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.

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Harper Campbell August 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm

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.

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    lauraweldon05 August 21, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    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.

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Frank Delaware August 24, 2017 at 1:34 pm

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.

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    lauraweldon05 August 24, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks for your comment Frank!

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Ridley Fitzgerald August 25, 2017 at 12:15 pm

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?

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    lauraweldon05 August 28, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    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.

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Violette Lebrac August 29, 2017 at 5:08 pm

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.

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    lauraweldon05 August 30, 2017 at 7:24 am

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

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Julius Wither Amberfield December 18, 2017 at 3:44 pm

It was really nice how you mentioned that we should take into consideration the amount of money that we’re planning to spend on the roof because like you said, metal roofing may be more durable than asphalt, however, they cost a lot more. I will be sure to let my parents know about that as well as the roofers because we’re planning to get the roof replaced next spring. The one we’re currently using is more than ten years old and we’re feeling the wear and tear. Thanks for sharing. I appreciate it.

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    lauraweldon05 December 19, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Thanks for your comment!

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Julius Wither Amberfield January 9, 2018 at 3:52 pm

It was truly informative when you mentioned that metal roofing was more durable than other materials, however, they were also more costly, so it’s best to decide on the budget prior to deciding. I get that, and I will do that. We’re planning to get in touch with a roofing contractor this month because my brother went to the roof to clean the gutters a few days ago and discovered a large crack over the valley of the roof. I’m no expert, but I am aware that it can no longer be fixed. Thanks for the info. I appreciate it.

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    lauraweldon05 January 9, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Good luck on your new roof this year! Have any ideas what type of material you’re going to choose?

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Ashley Maxwell February 22, 2018 at 4:59 pm

Thanks for your suggestion to rife a roofer that works within your budget. I appreciate how you said that it should be made with Antillas that will support the climate in which you live. I am considering roofers that use good quality products to install a new roof on my home to keep it relatively intact during storms. http://buffaloroofingne.com/

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Tammy Houston March 20, 2018 at 4:34 pm

I love how you pointed out the importance of setting a budget for the roofing material and the way you mentioned that metal roofing may be more durable, but it is also more expensive than the others. For my family, it does not matter if the material is expensive as long as it can promisee durability. I will still share this with my parents so as to set their expectation on the price of the roofing material that they want to use. Thanks!

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    lauraweldon05 March 22, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Roofs are so expensive that sometimes it is difficult to see the benefit of the more expensive materials like metal and tile. However, if you’re planning on staying in one spot for a while, it is definitely a valuable expense to consider!

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Jordan March 26, 2018 at 12:30 pm

I’ve been looking for some good metal roofing. I’m glad you talked about how you should look at your budget for metal roofing. I’m going to have to shop around and see what metal roofing services we can find!

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levticus Bennett March 26, 2018 at 7:47 pm

I found it interesting when you said that it is important to think about style. My mother is looking to replace the roof of her Victorian home. She will consult with a roofing company to decide what type of roof to use.

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Schiro Ackermann April 10, 2018 at 5:55 pm

It sure was interesting when you said that one of the things to consider when choosing a roofing material is the budget since there are some that may be more durable but are also more expensive. I will have to talk to my parents about this since they do want to use a durable material for the reroofing. I just want to prepare them for the possible expenses caused by the roofing material. Thank you.

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Sutton Turner April 11, 2018 at 9:55 am

I like how you talked about how to make sure your roof is the same style as the rest of your home. My parents are getting a new roof installed this Spring and are excited about the change. Thanks for the things to consider when choosing roofing material.

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Celestia Stratheimer April 11, 2018 at 4:27 pm

I appreciate it when you said that one of the things to consider when choosing a roofing material is the style since it will be best if the roof and the design or make of the house matches each other. I will be sure to talk to my parents about this since they are planning to get the roofing replaced next month. I want to provide them with a good option so that this time, the roof will complement the house. Thank you.

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Jordan April 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

I’ve been looking into getting some metal roofing for my home. I think that being able to see if our climate would work well with metal roofing would be smart, so I’m glad you said that. I’m going to have to look for a good metal roofing service and see what we can find!

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Monica Chavez April 26, 2018 at 4:24 pm

I like how you suggest to make sure that the style of your roof and home match. My parents are in need of a new roof because there’s has been leaking for a few years now. I think they would really benefit from talking to a contractor and learning about the different kinds of styles and what would look best on their home. Thanks for the tips.

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Taylor Bishop May 2, 2018 at 6:29 am

Thanks for going over some things to keep in mind when you are looking for a good roofing material. I actually didn’t know that you need to keep the pitch of the roof in mind when it comes to materials. I’m kind of interested to learn how you can figure out what the slope of your roof is, especially if you need to determine what materials would be ideal for it.

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Alexandria Martinez May 15, 2018 at 4:20 pm

Now that my fiance and I are moved into our new home, we want to look into getting asphalt roofing. We want to make sure that we are getting the right type of material for our home. I like what you said about picking a material that matches the style of the home.

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Ashley Maxwell May 23, 2018 at 2:57 pm

I appreciate how you said that a roofer should be affordable enough for you. I also like how you said that they should use a great variety of roof styles. My husband and I are considering a roofer to install a metal roof on our house.

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Jay May 30, 2018 at 11:40 am

I didn’t know that pitch was such a factor! Do you have a full list of pitch to what kind of material can go about it? Thank you! We’re remodeling, and I thought redoing the roof would be a good idea.

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Millie Hue June 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm

We are going to have our dream house built next year, so we are looking for different contractors at the moment to work on different parts of the house. Right now, I am researching about any information that can help me about the roofing part of the house. It really helped when you mentioned that the climate is important to consider when choosing a material because there can be types of roof that are best for places with lots of rain, moisture, and moss. That is really perfect for us because we live in a region where it rains a lot. Thanks!

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Marcia Luis June 8, 2018 at 7:02 pm

I appreciate you saying that metal roofing might be more expensive than asphalt roofing, but they are more durable and last a long time. That shouldn’t be a problem then since my parents made it clear that durability and flexibility are what matters to them. Regardless of how expensive it might be, if the material is guaranteed to last, then they would consider it. I will suggest this for the roofing replacement project next month.

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Heidi Bookenstock June 11, 2018 at 10:36 am

Some friends of mine are building their own house and need to decide what kind of roof they want. This article is super informative about what you should consider when choosing a roof. It’s especially important to consider what roofing material will be the best for the climate you live in.

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Heidi Bookenstock June 12, 2018 at 9:23 am

My sister and her husband are building a house and they are getting ready to choose what kind of roofing material they want to use. This article is super helpful in making you aware of what you should consider when you choose a roofing material. Climate is a big thing for them since they live in Washington, where there’s a lot of rain, so something made of asphalt or metal would work best for them.

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Alex S June 13, 2018 at 1:46 am

This roofing material gives us a big help on how to choose the best material to be installed in our house
that match the style we want for our house,and especially on how much we would like to spend for it.

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Gerty Gift June 20, 2018 at 12:38 pm

I liked what you said about your climate determining the best material for a roof. My husband and I have been going back and forth on materials that we both love, but we don’t know what materials would be best for our area. We’ll be sure to contact some roofing contractors and ask their opinions before we move forward.

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