How to Choose a Good Roof

When it comes to putting on a roof there are many different types available. Naturally, one wants to put on a roof that looks good, is long lasting and will not incur constant repair problems. Things to consider include:

• Will it fit the architecture of your home?

• Will the color last?

• What is the cost?

• What kind of warranty does it have?

• Finding a reliable roof installer

Today’s market offers wooden shingle/shakes, tile, metal, slate, copper and asphalt which are available in a variety of designs. 


Wooden Shingles and Shakes

Wooden shingles and shakes have long been a favorite with many people due to their rustic appeal. Unfortunately, they are being phased out. This is due to the cost of wood used in their construction as well as some local ordinances that have ruled them a fire hazard. In addition, wooden shingles need more attention than other roofs due to an accumulation of debris and moisture.

Metal Shingles

Metal shingles are offered in a wide variety of colors and styles. Although more expensive than some of the other offerings, they are available in a variety of forms to fit any type of home. In addition, they offer a life of 20 to 40 years depending on the manufacturer.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles have emerged over the past few years as one of the leading roof coverings in the country. They are manufactured to resemble wood shakes, slate and even tile. In addition, they are available in colors that are complimentary to the architectural design of the house. Warranties vary according to the brand selected.


Tile has long been a favorite with those who wish to blend their roof with the construction of their building. Made of concrete or clay, roof tiles are resistant to fire, hail and moisture. Tile is more expensive than the previous shingles listed but offers a long life and retains color.


Slate is a choice of those who want a beautiful and durable roof. Although expensive, slate roofs are currently in use that were installed hundreds of years ago. They are known for their ability to endure all types of weather without any damage or leakage. Slate roofing is heavy and requires strong underpinnings.


Copper is the most expensive of all types of roofing. It is available in plain, accent or scallop shingles and is one of the most long-lasting roof covering on the market. Copper does not rust and presents a special type of beauty which makes an outstanding addition to any building.

When choosing the type of roof to fit your requirements, naturally you will need a good roofing contractor who will guide you regarding the pros and cons of each type of roofing. They will be able to help you find the best roofing for your money and will understand any budget limitations you may have.

With any roofing project, it is important that the roof blends in with the rest of the building’s architecture as well as your roofing budget. Many times, when working with an expert such as Capital Roofing, it is possible to find specials that will blend beautifully with your roofing plans. Give us a call today at 866-784-5300 or fill out our online form at or to the right of this page to find out about the various types of roofing available and receive a free estimate.