When it comes to replacing your homes roof the first decision usually is regarding the type of roofing material that will be used.  This article will give you tips on different materials you can choose from for your new roof to ensure you get something long lasting and durable that will stand the test of time.

The first consideration to make when choosing a material to use for your roof is the temperature and climate that you live in.  If you live in a place where the climate is mostly hot asphalt shingles will not hold up well whereas a variable climate with four seasons they are one of the most durable options.  The other nice thing is that asphalt shingling comes are offered in a variety of grades that also come with warranties to back them.  This is something you will want to look into with the roofing contractor that you hire to install the new roof.

Another thing to consider when choosing material for your roof is how you might make your home more energy efficient and eco friendly.  One option that lends itself to energy efficiency and eco friendly is wood shakes.  Wood shakes are a material that will help hold the heat in your home.  While this feature is attractive one con to consider is the durability and fact you will do much maintenance and have more roofs replaced when using this material.  No matter what material you use make sure that you examine the how environmentally friendly the material used is along with the roofing contractor.

If you live in an area where heat is extreme and insects are an issue a good choice in roofing material for your home is clay tile.  Tile roofing is often a pricier option and can be difficult to install because the tiles break easily.  Clay tiles though are considered environmentally friendly and are otherwise an incredibly durable option for homes where freezing temperatures are not an issue.

If you are looking for a low maintenance, easy to maintain, long lasting option in roofing consider a metal roof.  This option is costly however the benefit is that your roof is basically maintenance free and last two times longer than traditional asphalt shingling.  Once metal roofing is installed it will be a long time before you need to worry about it again. This material also holds up well in a mixed climate and can handle drastic changes in temperature.

Make sure you take into consideration the look and style of the home when choosing roofing material options as well.  Color is another thing to consider with the style of your home and roofing material choice you make.  Shingles come in a variety of colors as well as architecturally deep textures and layered looks.  Metal roofing comes in a few colors and the selection is growing as the popularity of the product continues to grow.  The main goal is to make sure you are informed about the materials being installed on your roof in regards to maintenance, upkeep and long term product and labor warranties.  An informed consumer is the best kind of consumer.