If you're like most homeowners, you already know that your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. After all, it provides you and your family with shelter from the elements, protection from wildlife such as squirrels and birds that can access high places, and privacy. If it's time for you to replace your current roof, you undoubtedly know that roof replacement is a significant investment with the potential of affecting your quality of life for many years to come, which is why it's important to consider the following seven factors when choosing material for a new roof.  


The cost of a new roof will vary depending on the size of your roof, the roofing material you choose, and any additional features, such as ventilation or insulation. Determine your budget and choose a roofing material that fits within it.

Roof Slope

The slope of your roof will determine the type of roofing material that can be used. Some materials, such as asphalt shingles, are only suitable for roofs with a gentle slope.

Roofing Material

There are many types of roofing materials to choose from, including asphalt shingles, metal, wood, tile, and more. Consider the durability, maintenance requirements, and overall appearance of each type of material before making a decision.


The climate in your area should be taken into account when choosing a roofing material. Some materials, such as asphalt shingles, may not perform well in extreme weather conditions.

Energy Efficiency

If you are interested in reducing your energy bills, consider a roofing material that is energy efficient, such as metal or a cool roof. You may be eligible for a federal tax credit if you have an ENERGY STAR roof installed. Your roofing contractor can provide you with more information on green roofing incentives.

Roof Load

The load that your roof can support will also influence your choice of roofing material. If you live in an area with heavy snowfall, you may need a roof that can support the weight of the snow.

Home Style

The style of your home should be taken into consideration when choosing a roofing material. Choose a material that complements the overall appearance of your home.

It's a good idea to get estimates from multiple roofing contractors and ask for references before making a decision. This will help ensure that you choose a reputable contractor and get the best deal. 

For more about this topic, contact a local company.