Whether you're building a brand new house or getting a new roof on your existing home, you may be trying to decide exactly what kind of roof to select. There certainly are a lot of options! Of course, personal taste plays a part in making your decision, but there are other factors to consider, too. If your house is nestled among beautiful trees and your roofline doesn't even show very much, the appearance of your roof might not be important to you. However, if your house stands alone, the right roof could be one of the most important elements that will beautify your home.

Shingle RoofsThough shingle roofs are classified by themselves, there are so many types that they can take on a different look for specific architectural styles.

  • Shingle roofs consist of overlapping elements. Traditionally, they are flat and rectangular.
  • There are many reasons why they are extremely versatile. One reason is that they could be constructed out of wood, slate, flagstone, asphalt, metal, or even composite materials.
  • Their patterns and textures, along with a huge selection of colors, lend themselves to creating a gorgeous roof. 
  • Shingles are affordable and, when they have to be replaced, this is not an expensive or difficult job.
  • Newer fiberglass shingles are very fire resistant. 
  • Because of their versatility, shingle roofs look great on Victorian, contemporary, traditional, English Tudor, and many other styles of architecture.   

Tile Roofs - If you've traveled in Greece, Tuscany, Mexico, and other foreign countries, you might have fallen in love with old-world tile roofs. California, New Mexico, and Arizona are known for them, too. Before you fall too deeply in love with this look for your new roof, check with a roofing contractor to make sure that your house will support the heavier weight of tile. If your roofer gives you the go-ahead, you're in for a gorgeous roof.

  • Tile roofs are not only beautiful, but they are high performers.
  • Though they are more expensive than shingle roofs, their durability is unsurpassed.
  • Tile roofs are extremely energy efficient.
  • They are impervious to sun and rain.
  • There are many selections of colors from which to make your choices.
  • If a tile needs to be replaced, the color can be easily matched.

Roofing contractors have the training and the experience to help you make choices regarding the choice of roof. Be sure to get recommendations. In addition, get the price, guarantees and any warranties in writing before you make a final decision.

Congratulations on your new roof!