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Tips for Choosing a Roof Type for Your Home or Business

Whether it’s time to replace your old roof or you’re building a new home, the decision about which type of roof is best for you is crucial. Choosing a roof type plays to your personal taste, budget, and proper functionality. Here are some tips to think with when it comes to making the perfect choice for your home.

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1. Remember That Cost is About More Than the Installation

When it comes to roofing costs, you’ll need to take a number of factors into consideration:


While asphalt shingles are an ideal choice when it comes to keeping initial expenses down, they aren’t the most durable material, and they typically won’t last longer than 15-30 years. So when it comes to the long term, they might not be your best option. More information here on the different types of shingles.


If your heart is set on the upscale look of a slate roof, but the price tag seems overwhelming, you may feel better about it knowing the material is extremely durable and resistant to weather and insects. Your slate roof will be expensive to install, but it may last between 50 and 200 years with proper maintenance.

Other Roofing Types to Consider

Other options also exist if the cost is too high for the roof you really want–products on the market are available at a third of the cost that look like slate tiles, for example, but are manufactured from recycled rubber and plastic. These typically come with a guarantee to last up to 30 years.

Metal roofing is also cheaper than slate, looks quite high-end, and requires little maintenance. It can last up to 50 years. Here are 5 benefits of metal roofs in Ausin, TX.

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2. Consider the Climate In Your Area

The climate plays a significant role in your selection of the right roofing materials. How much wind, heavy rain, and snow do you get in your area? A roof on a home in a dry, mild climate endures far less wear and tear than one in an area with significant rain, wind and snow.

Best Roofing Materials for Fluctuating Temperatures

Buildings or homes in areas where the temperature fluctuates widely between summer and winter will require a roofing material that can expand and contract. These types of roofing materials are generally shingles, rubber, metal, and some types of ceramic tile.  

Read More: What Is the Best Time of Year to Install a Roof?

3. Check the Building Codes Where You Live

Before you spend too much time looking at roofing materials, check the fire codes for your area. Many community fire codes require fireproof building materials. In this case, roofing materials such as wood shingles would automatically be ruled out.

Best Roofing Materials for Fire Resistance

Materials with the highest resistance to fire are Class A roofing materials. These include concrete or clay tiles, metal, and asphalt shingles. One of the reasons why asphalt shingles are a popular choice for roofs is their Class A grading and affordability.

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4. Look For a Warranty

You will want to be sure that your new roof comes with a warranty. Most warranties won’t cover the cost to replace a roof if it is damaged by a natural disaster such as a hurricane, heavy hail storm, or other extreme weather. More information here about the longest lasting roofs for inclement weather.

Notes on Warranty

Your warranty should give you security if your new roofing materials otherwise fail. The warranty should ensure that the installation of a new roof is covered, or at the least that the cost of your new roofing materials is covered.

Roof Types to Choose From

Are you a residential property owner? You should consider investing in an asphalt, metal, clay, slate, or tile roof. Commercial property owners should consider whether a flat roof, TPO,

More information here in our best roof types for Texas article. Our professional roofers can perform a roof inspection to assess your current roof and make the best recommendations for a new roof, warranty, etc.

Read More:10 Tips for Choosing a Roofing Company Asphalt Roofing

Why Choose LOA Construction?

Need further assistance with choosing a roof type for your home or business, or not sure whether you need a repair or a replacement? Our roofing company in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Round Rock, and the Belton, Temple, and Killeen areas are experts in all things roofs. We are known for our integrity to our clients–we don’t push you into a decision, but respect the ones you make. We are a trustworthy team that shows up on time and gets the job done right.

At LOA, we understand that choosing a roof type is a major investment. We will work within your budget and design goals to help you achieve the durable, beautiful roof you want protecting your home and family.

Other Services:

Beyond roofing installations and replacements, we also provide small fixes and large repairs, maintenance services, emergency services, roof leak repairs, roof coatings, hail damage repair, water and storm restoration, commercial buildouts, and more.

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