How do I pick the right roof for my new home?

November 12, 2014

You’ve just become a new homeowner and aren't sure what you need to know about replacing the roof. With so many choices available, how do you go about selecting the right one? Read on to learn what you should know about selecting a new roof.

How do I pick the right roof for my new home?

Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular forms of roofing and typically come in either a fibreglass or cellulose-fiber base. While they may be a little more expensive than some of the other roofing options, benefits of asphalt shingles include:

  • Durability
  • Variety of colours and styles available
  • Easily adaptable for a variety of climates
  • Allow easy installation
  • Low maintenance
  • Eco-friendly

Wood shingles and shakes

Not only are wood shingles and shakes aesthetically appealing, but they also aid in making your home more energy-efficient. Be aware this type of roofing will require the most maintenance. Wood needs to be cleaned, sealed and inspected for signs of mould, mildew, rot and insect infestations. However, here are some of their benefits:

  • Durability
  • Variety of colours, textures and sizes available
  • Lightweight – does not require additional support
  • Eco-friendly – made of natural, easily recyclable materials

Clay tile

Clay tile roofing is popular in hotter climates and enjoys one of the longest lifespans because of its resiliency to pests, fire, mould and rot. Because it’s also one of the heavier forms of roofing, this type does require extra support and can be among the most expensive. However, here are some benefits of clay roofing:

  • Durability
  • One of the oldest materials used in building
  • Energy-efficient


Slate roofs offer a unique look and protection against fires, insects and rotting. They also require additional support due to their heavy nature and are limited in the colours available. However, they are a popular choice. Here are some other benefits of slate roofing:

  • Natural-looking
  • Low maintenance
  • Durability


One of the types of roofing that is becoming more popular among today’s savvy homeowners is sheet metal roofing. Benefits of roofs made of sheet metal include:

  • Energy-efficient – they reflect heat and keep your home cool
  • Eco-friendly choice – mostly made of recycled goods
  • Durability – will last 50+ years
  • Fire-resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Aesthetic appeal

Get your roof inspected if it’s more than 12 years old

It’s recommended you get your home’s roof professionally inspected if it’s more than 12 years old. Rather than climbing up onto the roof yourself, you can use binoculars to check for broken shingles or deteriorated flakings. No matter which type of new roofing you choose, roof maintenance is one of the best things you can do to protect your investment.

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