When choosing a roofing material for your home, it isn’t as simple as choosing what you like and going with it. You are absolutely encouraged to  go with a roofing material you like the look of. But you need to be aware of a number of factors when putting in a new roof, or re-roofing your home. You’ll need to consider a range of factors including the conditions, the materials used as well as the price in order to make an informed choice for your new roof. In this how to guide, we will identify a number of key areas to look at when getting a new roof and help you make an informed purchase decision.

The Weather

Any roofing contractor will tell you that the local climate is important in choosing a new roof. It’s self-explanatory: the roof is your main barrier between the indoors and the elements. Unless you live in a place that sees more snowfall than sunshine, you should choose a roof that can withstand all elements—snow, wind, rain and even solid debris all year round. There are a range of materials available that will accomplish this, but not all of them can endure as long under the same conditions.

The Material

Choosing the right material to match your roof’s styling is important, but as previously mentioned, you need to take the weather into account when choosing you’re your roofing material. You need to talk to your roofer about the range of material that they offer and their opinion on some suggestions. But, this doesn’t mean that your choices are limited to certain styles. Various shingle materials can be designed to look like materials that they aren’t. For instance, fibre cement shingles can be made to look like wood or slate, and metal or concrete can be treated to look like tile. In the end you need a material that is going to be strong, keep out the elements as well as making your home look good.


A roof must be durable, since it takes a constant beating from the elements 24/7, 365 days a year. One way to make sure you’re buying good products is to look at trusted brands. Compare the quality guarantees and look at the different materials available. Composition roofing, for one, might be more affordable than most, but will not last as long as premium quality roofing materials. For additional peace of mind when it comes to roof longevity, always be sure to check the warranty policy and understand what’s covered and for how long. Good after-market support from roofers is not hard to find but knowing typical w


Out of all the roofing materials available, asphalt shingles tend to be the most affordable. They also require less maintenance, so it’s a win-win situation. Of course, other materials like slate, metal, concrete or even wood may have varying prices. There is one thing you must remember when it comes to your roof. Very often, you get what you pay for. Don’t fall into the trap of going for the cheapest and simplest option as this may wear out or need replaced sooner than other more expensive materials. That’s not to say that you should always go for the most expensive option but being aware of the average cost of material will help. Dependent on the type of material you go for, roofing materials usually cost between $50 and $300 per square metre of roof.

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