4 Things to Consider When Choosing Roofing Material

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4 Things to Consider When Choosing Roofing Material

April 5, 2017 Blog 66


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!


66 Responses

  1. Ron Pickle says:

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

  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 says:

      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 says:

      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. Steve White says:

    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. Gloria Durst says:

    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. Ashley Turns says:

    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 says:

      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.

  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 says:

      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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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/

  15. 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!

    • lauraweldon05 says:

      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!

  16. Jordan says:

    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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. Jordan says:

    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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. Jay says:

    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.

  27. Millie Hue says:

    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!

  28. Marcia Luis says:

    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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. Alex S says:

    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.

  32. Gerty Gift says:

    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.

  33. Derek Dewitt says:

    My wife and I have to replace part of our roof soon, so thanks for the help choosing what kind of shingles to get. I like your point about how some shingles don’t work on pitched roofs. We’ll have to see what works for our home and see if it’s sloping too much.

  34. It is interesting that you mention the demographic and how this can effect what material you use for your roof. We are building a vacation home in Arizona and know that there will be intense heat. Maybe clay will be the best option for material choice.

  35. Arya Smith says:

    It got me when you said that a metal roof is much more durable than the shingled roofs. I also like that you explained that it would be better to use light-colored metal since it reflects elements better than dark ones. I will keep this in mind since my husband and I are planning to get our roof replaced after being damaged by the heavy rain. This is actually perfect since it is the summer season. It will be able to reflect the sun more than absorbing its heat.

  36. I appreciate you pointing out the importance of determining how much we are willing to spend on the roof and that some are stronger than the others but are also more expensive. To be honest, I do not mind spending a considerable amount of cash on the roof as long as will last for more than a few decades. That is why I am considering using metal for the roofing replacement project to start next month.

  37. Gerty Gift says:

    I appreciate what you said about considering how the roof will look with the rest of the exterior of your house. We are thinking about getting our roof replaced since it’s just falling apart. We have one style that we’ve been thinking about, but now that I really think about it, it wouldn’t really go with our siding. Thank you for your advice! We’ll be sure to consider some other options.

  38. It sure was amazing when you said that metal shingle may be more expensive, however, they are also more likely to last longer than the shingle type of roof. I am sure that my mom will not mind the price for as long as it will serve us for more than a decade. That is one of the things that are important to her since the last roof didn’t last for ten years, and maybe it is because of the choice of materials. I mention this to her.


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  40. Sophia James says:

    I like that you talked about how climate should also be considered when choosing a roofing material. Like you said, there are materials that are best for areas with a lot of rains and moisture while there are also those that are good for dry and humid locations. With that in mind, I will be talking with experts to really find the best material for our future house. Our house will be constructed next year after we are done with the car loan. As of now, we are still looking for a company that we can trust to construct the roof and other aspects as well. Thanks!

  41. Millie Hue says:

    I appreciate it when you said that depending on the climate, the make or material of the roof should be chosen accordingly. I also appreciated it when you said that in an area where there is a lot of rain and moss, the asphalt and metal shingles should be chosen. I think I will go with the metal roof then since the area receives a lot of rain and heavy wind. Aside from this, I want a roof that will last a lifetime.

  42. I liked it when you mentioned that the location is one of the things that dictate the type of roofing to be used and that if the place frequently receives rainfalls, then it is best to choose metal or asphalt. This will be discussed with my parents since my parents are the ones who will pay for the replacement. I just thought that it would be nice if I discussed with them because they might want to use something that will last.

  43. Emma hartson says:

    I really liked it when you emphasized the importance of making sure that the roofing material used matches the style of the house. I agree with that, especially since the people living in the house with me are pretty much beauty aficionados. They will surely take notice immediately if I choose a material that is not a fit for the house. Because of this, I will pay very close attention. Thank you!

  44. I can surely agree with you that a metal type of roofing will not fit well with a log cabin, so I also agree with you when you said that the material should match the style of the house. Having said that, what type of material do you think will suit a house made of bricks and has an early twentieth-century design? I just can’t decide, and I need to replace the roof soon. Maybe I should just ask a professional to make a recommendation.

  45. Silas Knight says:

    You’ve got some great tips for choosing a roofing material. I like how you said that we need to look at our climate before choosing one. What climates does metal work best in? We’ve been looking at that for a while, so that’d be good to know.

  46. Georgia B says:

    I hadn’t thought about how the pitch of my roof could affect the type of roofing I should use! Thanks for mentioning that asphalt shingles can only be installed on pitched roofs over 2/12. I’ll find a roofing professional and ask what their recommendation is for my roof in particular.

  47. Gerty Gift says:

    I appreciate what you said about needing to take into account the pitch of the roof. I never thought about how the pitch would be something that would dictate what materials you could use. We’ll be sure to talk to our contractor about which materials would be best for our home so that we can make the right decision for us.

  48. We are planning to replace the roof of the shop, and I was wondering what kind of material I will use for the replacement. That is why I liked it when you said it is important to make sure that the style of the roof and the house matches, otherwise, it would look ridiculous. I am considering the use of asphalt for a wooden shop– I wonder if that will work. I will ask the roofing professional about what they think.

  49. Kit Hannigan says:

    I’m glad that you mentioned how asphalt shingles will work best where there is a lot of rain and moisture. It always rains in my area, and I think we need to switch out or old metal roofing for asphalt. I’d be sure to share this really informative piece with my wife so we can start looking for roofing replacement services that can set us up with a new roof.

  50. It is agreeable when you said that the person needs to consider the climate before choosing a roofing since it is important to choose a material that can withstand it. It might be a good idea to ask a roofer just to be sure then. After all, my location experiences both powerful storms and extreme heat. I do not know what material will work best with that condition.

  51. Ellie Davis says:

    I never considered matching the style of my roof to the style of my home, thank you for suggesting that. My husband and I are wanting to get a new roof installed on our home and need to find the right roofers to do this. I’ll have to do some research and see if I can find the best roofing company in my area.

  52. Ben Lowry says:

    I live in the Pacific Northwest and we definitely deal with a lot of moss every year on our roof. I didn’t realize how much the material used could make a difference. We will be paying attention to that when we are ready to replace our roof!

  53. Gerty Gift says:

    I liked that you talked about the climate you live in being an important factor to think about when you are installing a new roof. I never thought that there might be a better material for the area that we live in. We’ll be sure to contact our roofer and see what he would recommend for our home and for our region so that we can get the best material for us.

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  55. Gerty Gift says:

    Thank you for mentioning keeping your budget in mind. My husband and I have been talking about different materials we would like to use for our roof, but we haven’t really talked about the budget we have available for this. We’ll be sure to figure that out so that we have a better idea of what we can afford. It should really help us in coming to a decision.

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