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How to Choose a New Roof for Your Home

When it comes time to choosing a new roof for your home, there are a few different factors to consider beforehand. For instance, while you’ll certainly want a roof that looks nice aesthetically, you’ll also want to consider the cost of materials and installation of the roof.

The reason being? Not all roofs are created equal. Roofing materials can vary greatly in cost and expected lifespan, so you want to be sure to have an idea of the budget you expect to invest for your roofing project.

What is the cost of a new roof?

The answer to this question is sort of like asking, “how long is a piece of string?” The truth is, it’s going to vary based on the materials chosen for the roof as well as the installation requirements of the roof. In addition to the method in which certain roofing materials need to be installed, other factors which will influence cost include:

  • If old roofing materials will need to be stripped off;
  • How large the roof is;
  • The shape of the roof (i.e. if there are steep slopes, this can make the installation more challenging for the roofer);
  • Among several other factors.

The good thing is that a roofing contractor can provide you with different options that you can use to compare against your budget when making a decision. They can also let you know what options are best for your particular home.

What are some common roof types?

It’s important to note that not all roof materials will work for every roof type. This is why it’s a good idea to first speak with a roofing contractor who can help you determine what will work best for your home.

With that being said, here are some of the most common roof material types which you might consider:

Asphalt: Asphalt shingles are the most common roof types. They are also one of least expensive types of roofing materials.

Wood : Wood is not as common as it used to be, but still a good choice for some homeowners. It’s about twice as expensive as asphalt shingles for the material.

Metal: Metal roofs have become increasingly popular over the last several years given its high durability and energy efficiency. Also more expensive than asphalt.

Slate: One of the most durable and long lasting roofing options – however, expect to pay quite a bit more for this roofing material.

Tile/Cement: Common on Spanish colonial style homes. This is a heavy roofing material, but quite durable.

Need some help choosing a roof style for your home?

At Norwest Roofing, we take pride in the roofs we install for our customers. We want you to have the best roof you possibly can for your home and will work within your budget to help you accomplish that.

We provide free estimates and options for various roofing materials so you can evaluate based on what is best for you. Simply contact us today, and we will be out at your home in a hurry! So why wait? Let’s get started on your new roof.

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