When you bought your house, you had an inspection completed to assure everything was structurally sound and in good working order. Since that time, you’ve probably painted to match room colors to your tastes, maybe put in new flooring, kitchen cabinetry or bathroom vanities. You likely haven’t given the roof a second thought. Not all roofs are the same, there are style and design options available you may have never considered.

Efficiency and Cost

For the sake of practicality, efficiency is typically the main consideration when replacing a roof. It’s generally assumed any roofing material will come in a variety of colors to match your home, so homeowners tend to weigh the value of the roof over time against the immediate direct cost to make a determination as to which product to use. Cedar shingles, asphalt shingles and metal roofing each have distinct advantages peculiar to each of them. Your roofing contractor should be able to discuss price and efficiency with you to help you make an informed decision as to which roof will best suit the needs of you and your area.

HOA Regulations

In some cases, a Homeowner’s Association will have rules in place as to what types of roofing materials are allowed in your neighborhood. You can petition the board of directors for an exemption to the rule, or you may convince them to change the rule, but it is likely that you will have to abide by the rule as it exists and work within the options that make your home match the other houses in the area.

Personal Preference

Ultimately, the choice comes down to a matter of personal preference. If you like the basic look of a tradition roof shingled in black asphalt, that’s what you’re going to pick to go on your house. If you like the graceful option of cedar you’ll be willing to put in the extra maintenance work to care for the wood. Metal roofing is one of the least worrisome of all roofing and may appeal to your sense of practicality.


If you realize you’re going to need a new roof, be aware of what options are available and the reasons for making a final decision. Listen to the input provided by your roofing contractor, as he is familiar with what looks best and works best. Finally, make your choice and rest assured your new roof is going to last for years to come.