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How to Select a Roofing Material

Roofing systems have come a long way, providing numerous options in both colors and materials. However, deciding what is best for your home isn't a one-size-fits-all proposition. Each material has merit based on the style and design of your home, as well as your budget.

At Alta Vista, we assess every house individually, considering the whole picture. We look at roof pitch, garages, entryways, and the location on the site.

As far as general aesthetics, we look at what will fit the character of the house. For example, around the turn of the century, the most common type of roof was cedar shingle, which compliments historic homes. Cedar is highly durable but more expensive than asphalt. Metal roofing works on any style but is particularly lovely on modern homes. Asphalt shingles are by far the most common and come in a wide variety of colors, making it easy to select something that will look attractive with the current color of the house.

Roof slope is another consideration. If you have a low slope, the warranty on asphalt shingles may not apply. Metal roofs are ideal for shedding snow faster, a top concern in colder climates.

When you look at durability and longevity, metal roofs are considered a lifetime roof, often lasting over 50 years on a home. So, if you can afford it, investing in this type of roofing system generally ensures you won't need to do it again. Asphalt shingles are the most affordable and also durable.