Considerations When Choosing A Roofing Material

We’ve discussed many of the different roofing materials that are available to homeowners, as well as some of the pros and cons when it comes to metal roofs vs. traditional asphalt shingles

However, when it comes to choosing a roofing material for your home, the material itself is not the only consideration you need to keep in mind. While the material you choose is important and might be one of the main factors driving your choice, things like budget and personal preference are also likely to come into play.

Here we will consider some of the other variables that may come into the decision when you are choosing a roofing material for your home.


Next to factors like durability and aesthetic appeal, budget is likely to be one of the biggest things on your list of considerations when making a decision about what roofing material is right for your home.

Like with all things, you get what you pay for. A cheaper roof may seem appealing, until you realize that a metal roof can last up to 3 times longer than a roof made up of traditional asphalt shingles. 

Depending on how much money you have to spend on your new roof, you could be saving money in the long run by going with a material that demands a higher upfront cost.

Homeowners Association Requirements

Those HOA’s tend to have their business in everything. They make rules about pretty much everything you are allowed, or not allowed, to do to your home. This is true all the way up to the roof. Some HOA’s may only allow certain roofing materials to be installed in order to keep the look of the neighborhood consistent. 

When installing a new roof or doing any maintenance on your home, be sure to check the HOA requirements in your neighborhood.

Architecture Of Your Roof

No roof is created equal, and the design of your roof may play a big role in determining which materials are available to you. Get more familiar with your roof and find out the following aspects to help you choose a roofing material:

  • Square footage
  • Slope
  • Attributes of the roof:
    • Vents
    • Dormers
    • Skylights
    • Flashing points
    • Hips and valleys


The individual environment in the area where you live will be an important factor when it comes to choosing the roofing material that is right for your home. 

For example, metal roofs are typically not suitable for areas close to the sea due to salinity in the air. Areas with a high probability of intense storms may not be suitable for shingle roofs.

Lifecycle Of Your Structure

The point in the lifecycle of your home or building will influence your decision on which roofing material to choose. If your structure is older and nearing the end of its life, it may not be practical to spend more money upfront for a more durable roofing material. However, if the structure is relatively new and expected to last a long time, it may be prudent to splurge on those luxury roofing materials.

Choosing the right roofing material can be tough. But, keeping in mind the above factors should allow you to choose a roofing material with ease. When you are ready to have a new roof installed on your home in CDA or North Idaho, contact Inland NW roofing and repair for a free estimate.