6 Tips for Picking the Right Roofing Contractor

6 Tips for Picking the Right Roofing Contractor

Choosing the Right Roofing Contractor

Is your roof aging? If you’ve found this article, it’s likely that you are currently choosing a roofing contractor to handle your project. Easily one of the biggest challenges homeowners face when getting a new roof is starting out with choosing the right roofing contractor.

A new roof is a pretty significant investment. As a result, it’s important to look for a few key signs that great roofing contractors have in common.

Here are 6 tips for picking the right roofing contractor:

1. Get References

We always recommend asking a friend or colleague to share their experience with a roofing company. Word-of-mouth is an excellent, if not the most honest and thorough way of gaining the details of how their roofing project went – this can include whether the roofers stayed within budget, what the cleanup plan entailed, whether there were any project delays, how the roofers handled questions and concerns, etc.

Most importantly, ask your friend or family member how satisfied they were with the project.

Asphalt Roof - Aerial View

2. Read the Company’s Reviews

Similarly, we recommend you read the roofing company’s reviews to get an overall impression of how they do business. Google, Facebook, and Yelp reviews reveal the reputation, punctuality, and expertise of the roofers who have worked on other people’s roof replacement projects.

A good way to identify the reliability and professionalism of a roofing contractor is by the recency and frequency of their good reviews. Roofing businesses that have a lot of negative reviews or that leave negative reviews unanswered are a cause for concern. A good roofing company will not only have great reviews, but will always respond with courtesy, professionalism, and a willingness to resolve a problem when it arises.

3. Understand the Difference Between Independent Contractors and Roofing Companies

As a homeowner, you likely have found two different types of contractors:

Independent contractors and roofing companies.

In a nutshell, both an independent contractor and a roofing company can get a job done, however, one may be a better choice than the other depending on the size and involvement of your project.

  • An independent contractor is best for whenever you need a quick, simple repair done. They may be an advantage for you if you need or want only one point of contact. However, keep in mind that having only one point of contact means that the project could take longer since only one person at a time is on the job. Lastly, if you have warranty issues at any time, an independent contractor may be difficult to track down.
  • Roofing companies are a better choice if you need a large roofing project done. Hire a roofing company if you need a brand-new roof installation, full replacement, or you have major storm damage to your roof. A roofing company has a team of skilled professionals who can provide a faster turnaround time, plus a warranty for your peace of mind. With a roofing company, however, you may talk with different team members at different stages of the project.

Here is more information on whether you should repair or replace your roof.

4. Ask About Licenses and Insurance

Most reputable roofing companies will be able to provide a copy of licenses and insurance upon your request. Knowing that part of the cost of the roof and the service provided to you is under the protection of security coverage should give you peace of mind.

Hiring any contractor or company without proper documentation can put you both at risk. As a result, many professionals recommend asking about specific manufacturer affiliations.

Asphalt Roof in Winter

5. Compare Warranties

Make sure you compare warranties and know the length of the warranty. Only a small number of contractors will be able to offer manufacturer warranties that include work coverage.

If at any time there is an improper roof install, it may take months or years for the damage to become apparent. Much of the time, your insurance will not cover it.

While the length of a warranty is not necessarily an essential factor, you should definitely opt for a contractor with a long-term experience that will stand behind the quality of their work.

6. Make Sure That There is a Written Quote

Always make sure that your roofing project has a clear, written quote so that you can plan financially and avoid hidden costs that push the project out of budget. Items that should be present on the written quote include a breakdown of the cost of the materials, payment agreement, project timeline, and insurance coverage.

Make sure that the timeline of the project is clear, so that if delays occur for any reason, that at least setting expectations for a timeframe will keep the project running smoothly. No matter what stage of the project, you should be able to refer to your written quote whenever a problem arises. This will help keep you and your roofing contractor on the same page. Here is more information about everything that should be in a roofing estimate.

Contact Affordable Contracting

Clear communication is very important when it comes to picking the right roofing contractor for your home and project. Any credible contractor, like Affordable Contracting, will answer your questions and concerns with the utmost professionalism.

Our team focuses on building a relationship with each of our clients throughout Appleton and the Fox Valley. We have been in the business since 2003, have a skilled, professional team of certified contractors, and are a GAF Factory-Certified Contractor for your peace of mind. Contact our roofing contractors today at (920) 216-2243 for a quote on your roofing project!

What Is The Best Roofing Material For Inclement Weather?

What Is The Best Roofing Material For Inclement Weather?

Do you live in a four-season area or an area with inclement and harsh weather? Bad weather can really do some serious damage to your roof, and nobody likes having to shell out more money than they have to on something like a roof! If you’re a person who lives in a location that has as harsh of weather as, say, Wisconsin, then you may be asking yourself the following questions. What is the best roofing material for inclement weather?

In this article, we’re going to talk about just that. Whether you’re updating your roof, need a replacement roof, or a just curious, we’ve got you covered on what the best roofing materials are for inclement weather. So grab your favorite refreshment and hang out while we discuss what roofing materials are best for inclement weather.

What Is Inclement Weather?

If you know, you know. But if you don’t know, inclement weather is when the weather becomes too severe and harsh, especially when it’s too cold or wet for people to be in.

This type of weather often occurs during North America’s winter season, and can often result in large amounts of snow, rain, or hail. Inclement weather can cause serious damage to roofs. If you live in this type of area and you want a roof that will last you a long time, you will want one of the following types of roofs!

What Do You Need To Watch Out For?

Inclement weather can be quite nasty, but there are a handful of obstacles that you need to be aware of when dealing with it.

Ice Build Up

Something you may not have considered during your roof improvement project is how to deal with ice dams. Ice dams are common during winter times, and occur when ice builds up on a roof. This ice then creates a wall that warmed water cannot pass over when other snow melts. The problem can exacerbate itself and the pool of water can become large and cause huge problems for you.

These can be avoided by making sure that your gutters are clean of any debris, using a roof rake to remove snow from the top of your home, and removing ice formation from your roof and/or gutters. You, or your local roofing expert, should also ensure that your attic insulation has at least an R-value of 30 and that your ridge & soffit vents are working properly so heat doesn’t rise through the sheathing and melt snow faster.

Water Damage

Water damage is something that you will need to keep in mind when looking to upgrade your roofing material in preparation for inclement weather conditions. If you’re experiencing large amounts of ice build-up, the backflow of water can seep through the sheathing and enter your home. Once the water is in your home, it will continuously spread throughout your home. This is why it’s important to use roofing materials that have great water-resistant characteristics.


Weight is another important factor to consider when looking to upgrade the materials that your roof is made out of. You will want your roof to be built strong enough to withstand the pressure that snow, ice, and water can put on it. For instance, a cubic foot of light & fluffy snow will weigh about 5.2 pounds, a cubic foot of compact snow can weigh 20 pounds or more, and a cubic foot of water weighs 62.4 pounds.

That’s a lot of weight! This statistic should reinforce the fact that you will either need to get an incredibly strong roof, constantly rake your roof after each snowfall, or do both to reduce the chances of ice building up on your roof!

Types Of Roofing Material That Is Best For Inclement Weather

There are many different types of roofing materials out there. However, only some of the choices are hardy enough to withstand a terrible winter, let alone decades’ worth of terrible winters. So without going through every single type of roof out there, some of which might fair well in different weather conditions, we’re only going to be talking about those that stand out in inclement weather.

Slate Roofing

Slate is a fantastic roofing material for those looking to keep their home, themselves, and their family safe during sustained inclement weather. When slate roofing is properly installed, slate roofing can withstand winds that exceed 160 mph and last for more than 100 years!

There are two common cons that are associated with slate roofing. The first is that they are expensive when compared to other materials. The second is that the slate is very heavy, which will require a very experienced roofer to install your new slate roof.

Asphalt Roofing

This is one of the most common roofs around, and it’s because it’s inexpensive and easy to install. It’s also a good roof to have as it’ll do well in most climates, regardless of where you are around the world, as the typical asphalt roof can last anywhere between 25-30 years. If you’d like to learn more about what asphalt roofing is, we have a perfect article for you that explains what asphalt roofing is! However, this inexpensive roofing material does have some drawbacks.

The first drawback is that these shingles are prone to becoming worn and damaged over a shorter period of time than some of the other solutions we have on this list. Asphalt roofing shingles are susceptible to blowing away during high winds and can even crack during cold weather. While this is one of the least expensive options you can get for a roof, if you live in an area that has inclement weather, it might be wise of you to spend a little more upfront on stronger roofing material as asphalt roofing can leave you with a bigger repair bill that you might have to pay in the future.

Synthetic Roofing

Synthetic shingles are a great roofing material for those who live in areas that have inclement weather. They are about twice as expensive as their close relative, the asphalt shingle, but have more than twice the durability. They’re considered a class 4 shingle, the highest of shingle classes, which means that it will take quite a bit for them to break apart.

The only downside to synthetic roofing is that they’re relatively new and don’t have much history. With that said, they still might be a worthwhile investment over asphalt roofing if you have the budget to spare.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs might be one of the best performing and most cost-effective roofing materials for those living in areas that experience high amounts of inclement weather. Metal roofs are lightweight when compared to other styles of roof with the same durability, like slate roofs. They also have a smooth surface which is conducive for snow to slide right off of them, which will help negate any buildup of ice dams. You can also install snow guards and heating cables to reduce snow buildup even more.

However, without proper insulation, metal roofs can significantly increase your heating bill as they’re great at transferring heat and cold. If you do decide to install a metal roof onto your home, prepare to spend more on insulating your roof.

Final Thoughts On What Is The Best Roofing Material For Inclement Weather?

Regardless of what roofing material you choose, make sure that you are aware of the pros and cons of your choice so you can prepare yourself for any future events that can come. When you do call a roofing company, like Affordable Contracting Services, make sure you know which questions to ask before hiring a roofing contractor.

If you’re building a new roof isn’t in your future, and you just want to learn how to survive brutal winters with less trouble, then check out our article on the top four roofing tips for Wisconsin weather. If you would like to have your roof evaluated to see if upgrading your roofing material is right for you, then give us a call! Contact us at (920) 216-2243, check out our roofing services page, or visit our website at acsroofingsiding.com to learn more.

6 Key Questions To Ask Your Roofing Contractor Before Hiring

6 Key Questions To Ask Your Roofing Contractor Before Hiring

Important Questions to Ask Your Roofing Contractor

As you plan a roof replacement, you are likely thoroughly researching several of your local roofing companies. You may be wondering, “what questions should I be asking my roofer?”

Here are 10 key questions you should ask your roofing contractor before hiring them on.

1. Are you licensed and insured?

As a general rule of thumb, make sure that your roofing contractor is both licensed and insured. Do your research and know what the local codes are. Ensure that the contractor you hire has all the appropriate paperwork and permits to perform work on your home.

  • Licensed: This means that your roofers are registered with the state of Wisconsin.
  • Insured: Every roofing contractor must be fully insured, with a company vehicle insurance policy, workman’s comp, and general liability.

Affordable Contracting Services is a GAF Factory-Certified Contractor, so you can rest assured that our roofing contractors are all appropriately licensed and insured.

2. How long have you been in business?

Be sure to look into how long the company has been in business. Usually a company that’s served their local clients for many years is committed to a quality job, with a respect for their property.

The most reliable way of finding out the credibility of a business is to take a look at reviews online. A roofing contractor’s Google, Facebook, and Yelp reviews will help give you insight about their warranty, honesty, willingness to answer client questions, the team’s process from start to finish, timeliness, and their overall level of expertise.

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3. Are you a local company?

Make sure you choose a roofing company that’s in your local area, with a physical office location and a local phone number. There’s clear advantages to hiring a local company. For example, a local company knows what local installation codes to follow, what paperwork is required, and anything else that complies with requirements of the state of Wisconsin.

We encourage you to avoid out-of-state companies that only come to your area after a major storm hits. More than likely they may or may not perform work that complies with Wisconsin requirements. Also, these contractors may simply be looking to get roofing projects for money and then move on to the next storm-stricken region of the country to do the same there.

4. How does your company protect my property during the project?

As a home or business owner, you’ll definitely want a peace of mind going into the project. One of the ways to do that is by directly asking the contractor what steps they personally take to protect your property. More specifically, do they/how do they protect your lawn, landscape, or light fixtures?

You don’t want a contractor that states in the fine print that they’re not responsible for any damage.

GAF Certified Roofer

5. What is your roof warranty?

You should inquire with your roofing contractor about the kind of warranty they offer on their workmanship. You’ll find that the warranty ranges from company to company. A roof warranty can be one year, two years, five years, ten years, twenty-five years, or even a lifetime.

Contact Affordable Contracting Services for more info on our GAF warranty and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

6. Can you give me references?

Another tip we recommend is to ask your contractor for a reference of a job performed in the last 3-6 months. Any reputable roofing company should be happy to provide you a reference upon request. If desired, you can verify past clients’ experience with the company by contacting them personally.

Specifically, some questions to ask include:

  • Did the roofing team complete the project on time?
  • How did the contractor protect your property?
  • How did the contractor clean up after the roofing project?
  • What kind of warranty did the contractor provide?

Good references help to establish trust with your roofing contractor. If the contractor is not willing to give you a reference, it’s a sure sign that you shouldn’t invest your money in that company.

Read more here for tips on picking the right roofing contractor.

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Contact Us

At ACS Roofing, we’ve proudly provided professional roofing services for asphalt and steel roofs since our beginnings in 2003. Since then, we have continued to grow as a team. Each member of the Affordable Contracting Services team is GAF certified.

We build relationships with our valued clients in the Appleton and Fox Valley community, and are looking to serve you for many years to come!


Should I Repair or Replace My Roof?

Should I Repair or Replace My Roof?

Are you experiencing a leaky roof? Perhaps there is mold, hail damage, wet insulation, or rot forming? Or maybe it’s just a matter of age and your roof is getting too old, causing you to look for a new roof. If you are finding yourself in any of these situations, you may be asking yourself, should I repair or replace my roof?

In this article, we’ll provide answers to many of the questions that you might be concerned with. For instance, we’ll cover topics like what are the definitions of roof repair & roof replacement, the pros and cons of roof repair & roof replacement, reasons to consider a roof repair & roof replacement, and more. If you would like to speak to a professional about whether you should repair or replace your roof, please check out our roofing services page to find out more. Without further ado, let’s get started!

What Reasons & Conditions Require A Roof Repair Or Roof Replacement?

There are many situations that can cause a home & business owner to begin considering a roof repair or a roof replacement. Some of the most common reasons include water leaks, mold, rotting, severe storm damage, and the age of the roof.

Leaky Roof

A leaky roof can cause a large number of problems for property owners. Unfortunately, you may not notice a leaky roof until the water has already done substantial damage to your home. Once you notice a problem, you may attempt to find the source and put a tarp over the area like you would a bandaid over a wound, but you will eventually want to get a professional to come over and evaluate the problem.


A little mold on your roof, when caught early on, shouldn’t cause too much concern as it can be removed and repaired. However, mold can travel quickly, be stubborn to get rid of, and can attract rodents into your home. If not corrected immediately, the mold may spread deeper into the home and be a potential cause for health problems for you and your family. In short, our advice is to remedy the problem immediately once you notice that there is a problem.


Rotting can occur when your roof deck, also called sheathing, is exposed to moisture. While a single event of exposure is unlikely to lead to rot, repeated exposures will most definitely result in a rotten roof deck. You can identify roof rot if you see or experience any bowing, bulging, mold, damp & musty smells, spongy feeling roof, discoloration, insulation damage, or rot on surrounding features.

Storm Damage

After a severe storm and when it is safe to do so, make sure to take a walk around your home and inspect your roof for any damage. Damage from storms is a massive contributor to creating leaky roofs, mold, and rotting situations as the natural elements can tear away your roof and expose the vulnerable roof deck, or sheathing, below. If you do spot damage to your roof, please call an expert right away so that they can evaluate the extent of the damage to your roof.

Old Age

Most roofs have a lifespan of up to 25 years. Roofs nearing, at, or exceeding that age will begin to experience failures in various forms. Make sure you check with your building permit, roof receipt, or previous owners to find out whether your roof might be in this situation.

Another way to estimate if your roof is of the 25-year age mark is to see what your neighbors are doing. Typically, buildings in close proximately were built in close succession to one another. If your neighbors are getting their roofs replaced, then it may be a sign that your roof should be replaced as well.

When Should You Repair and When Should You Replace Your Roof?

If you’ve experienced any of the above situations, then you are most likely in a position where you will be needing to either repair or replace your roof. The difference between the two all boils down to the extent of the damage involved. Below are a few points as to why you might want to repair and/or replace your roof.

Asphalt Roof on Home

When You Should Repair Your Roof

There are many situations that will only require you to repair your roof. For instance, if you have a small leak around a pipe or chimney, a small hole or puncture, insignificant tree or weather damage, poor maintenance, and minor ventilation problems.

Repairing a roof is much more affordable than replacing a roof, and can help you gain more years onto your roof’s life. These are often activities that an adept homeowner can accomplish, but most often is best when handled by a professional.

There are some downsides to repairing your roof. For starters, new shingles that are placed next to old shingles may have a difference in color which can reduce curb appeal. Also, poor workmanship from unqualified workers can cause further damage to your roof, resulting in even more hassle for you in the future.

When You Should Replace Your Roof

Repairing your roof might be the best path for you if you are looking to extend your roof’s life for a few more years or if you are on a tight budget and can’t afford a new roof. However, there comes a time when you may not have that luxury and will have to replace your roof. This is the case when either your roof is nearing the end of its life, the materials that your roof is made out of are beginning to fail throughout the entire roof, and/or your roof had received extensive damage from extreme weather or other natural elements.

One benefit that a roof replacement can have for you is that it will increase the curb appeal of your home. If you are going to begin selling your home soon, you may want to consider replacing your roof, as all people looking to purchase a home love finding out that the home they are about to buy just had a new roof installed. A new roof will also give you peace and tranquility as you won’t have to continuously worry about all of the concerns that an old roof can bring you.

There are some downsides to a roof replacement though. Roof replacements can be very noisy and can cause you, your family, your pets, and your neighbors unneeded stress. They can also be quite messy and make your house look like a construction site for the duration of the project.

Asphalt Roof in Winter

Final Thoughts on Should I Repair or Replace My Roof?

Ultimately, you should try to repair your roof when you can. New roofs can be very expensive, use a lot of raw material, and can cause a big and noisy mess for you and your neighbors. However, If your roof is beyond repair, then you will need to get a roof replacement.

Either way though, getting an expert’s opinion on whether you should repair or replace your roof should be the first step of your journey to bettering your roof. If you’re in need of an expert, read more here about choosing the right roofing contractor.

Please don’t hesitate to visit our website at acsroofingsiding.com or call us at (920) 216-2243.

Top 4 Roofing Tips For Wisconsin Weather

Top 4 Roofing Tips For Wisconsin Weather

Roofing Tips for Your Home

We all know that Wisconsin winters are long and cold. You’ll want to choose a roof that will protect your home from the elements. In this article, we’ll go over important roofing tips for your home.

1. Schedule a Roof Inspection

As summer comes to a close and autumn approaches, you’ll want to schedule a roof inspection. Because winter lasts around 5-6 months in the state of Wisconsin, a roof inspection from a certified expert will help to prevent any potential water damage that may occur from a faulty roof.

Asphalt Roof Garage

A roofing expert is skilled to assess the current health of your roofing system. They can spot possible issues and suggest repairs if necessary. Give a Fox Valley roofing contractor a call before the snow flies for a peace of mind. ACS Roofing can give you crucial roofing tips to keep your home protected during the winter.

2. Invest in the Proper Tools for Snow & Ice Removal

Most of the time, you won’t need to remove snow and ice from your roof all winter, since many roofing types were installed to code and designed to be durable. In fact, most roofs can account for snow that is 4-5 feet deep.

However, if your roof is old, your home has architectural or drainage issues, or you have experienced a very snowfall, you should make sure you have a tool on hand to remove.

Instead of using a generic snow shovel to remove snow from your roof, be sure to invest in the proper tool: a snow rake. Snow rakes, or roof rakes, are specifically designed for snow removal.

3. Call a Professional Immediately If You See Ice Dams or a Leak

Do you notice ice dams or leaks on your roof? Whenever snow on your roof melts and then becomes frozen again, it may result in a build up in your gutters and on your roof.

Call a roofing company to take care of any ice dams or leaking right away. Keep in mind that the heat in your home can actually cause the snow an ice on your roof to melt and cause an ice dam.

4. Prepare Your Home if You Have Ventilation Problems

Do you have ventilation issues in your attic? Does your home have a tendency to have heat loss? Or maybe your home has architecture or drainage problems.

If so, use Ice Dam Blaster or Roof Melt. Another roofing tip is to be sure to keep your home well insulated.

Contact Affordable Contracting Services

Since our beginnings in 2003, Affordable Contracting Services has proudly served the Fox Valley community. We serve the cities of Appleton, Menasha, Kaukauna, Kimberly, and Oshkosh. Our team is highly skilled in roofing installations and replacements, siding, and custom garages.

We are a GAF certified contracting company, which means that we offer extensive warranty protections when compared with the competition. If you have questions about roofing, please contact our Appleton roofing experts today. Give us a call at (920) 216-2243 or contact us today.

What Is The Best Roofing Material For Inclement Weather?

How To Choose A New Roof For Your Home

There are many things that one should be aware of when deciding on how to choose a new roof for your home. It may be tempting to simply slap some mud and straw on top of your home and call it a day, but we all know that there are better and longer-lasting solutions available to us today.

In this article, we are going to discuss when you should start to consider getting a new roof, what types of roofs are out there, as well as the pros and cons of those types of roofs. So without further ado, grab your favorite refreshment, and let’s begin down the road of what roof material will be best for your new roof!

How To Tell If You Need A New Roof?

For starters, if your home currently is without a roof, it might be high time to look into getting one for your home. However, if you find yourself in the other camp, here are a few things that you can do to see if getting a new roof is right for you.

  1. Look up at your roof from within your attic. If you see beams of light or stains and streaks from water damage, it may be time to start looking at getting a new roof.
  2. Review your home improvement records. The typical asphalt shingle roof can last up to 20-25 years. If your roof has survived that long, it may be time to replace your roof preventatively before damage starts to occur.
  3. Roofs are your home’s defense against the outside elements, so it’s natural that eventually, they might get too much moisture trapped within the materials. If there are sagging spots, rotting boards, or if your roof has an extra spongy feel to it, it might be time for you to consider getting a new roof.
  4. Is your roof starting to grow plants on top of it? It may be a sign that there are underlying problems that need to be taken care of. If this is the case with your roof, it is definitely time to get a new roof to cover your home!
  5. Visible leaks and interior water damage coming from the ceilings are a sure sign that it is time for you to start looking for a new roof. It is better to begin the process sooner than later as the water damage can quickly spread throughout your home which can cause your a bigger headache than just getting a new roof.
  6. If your shingles are starting to curl, cup, or large sections of them are simply missing, it may pay to get a new roof than to extend the life of your current one as there may be underlying issues that are making them disintegrate.
  7. If there was significant storm damage, you should definitely look into getting a new roof. Check with your homeowner’s insurance as they may be able to cover most, if not all, of the expenses if you are in this situation.
  8. Lastly, if all of your neighbors are getting new roofs, it may be time for you to get one as well. Typically, homes that are in close proximity to each other are oftentimes all built within a similar time period. This could be an indication that your roof is nearing the end of its usefulness and you should have a contractor come out to investigate before any water damage can occur.

Now that we know the signs of when a homeowner should start to get a new roof, we will now look into what types of materials are available for homes in this day and age. Not only that, but we’ll talk about their pros and cons as well!

Modern Roofing Materials: New Roof For Your Home


Shingles are one of the most common types of roofing material that’s used in 80-90% of all American residential roofs. Shingle roofs can be made up of either asphalt, fiberglass, or composite material and can come in a variety of colors that will match your home’s color palette.

Pros are that they work well in a variety of climates, are easy to place, recyclable, and very affordable

Cons are that the color tends to fade when exposed to the sun, they have a short lifespan, not as durable as other options on this list.


Metal sheets and shingles are one of the most durable on our list and can last the longest as well. Metal roofs can come in a variety of colors, shapes, and appearances. They may even be composed of different metals as well, such as steel, aluminum, copper, and zinc alloy.

Pros of metal roofs are that they are lightweight, highly resistant to natural elements, can last for 80+ years, and are very low maintenance.

Cons of metal roofs are that they are susceptible to warping if installed incorrectly, can be expensive (depending upon exact material), and may need additional soundproofing as they are naturally loud when rain or hails falls on them.


Slate roofing is a great alternative to metal roofing, as it’s not as noisy and doesn’t have that modern & industrial look that metal roofs tend to have. Slate roofing is essentially made out of homogeneous metamorphic rock as it is created from clay or volcanic ash. Just make sure that you don’t put anything on your slate roofs, like paint or sealant, as it can age your roof prematurely.

Pros of slate roofing are that they are highly durable, low maintenance, and can have a long lifespan of anywhere between 50-200 years!

Cons are that they are very expensive, they typically require specialized works to install, and are very heavy & require reinforced structural support.

Rolled Roofing

Rolled roofing is one of the most affordable styles of roof you can get, as well as one of the fastest roofs that can be installed. These roofs are great for homes that have a shallow slope to them, however, homes with flat roofs should avoid rolled roofing as the hammering process to install them can cause leaks.

Pros of rolled roofing are that it is inexpensive, quick to install, and is a great option for those with roofs that have a slight incline.

Cons of rolled roofing are they may not have as high of quality as other styles on our list. Rolled roofs are also not designed to last long, as they’re average lifespan is between 5-10 years.


Wood roofs make a great option for many homeowners that are looking for a specific type of look. This charming and cozy style of roof pairs well with homes that are of a Cape Cod, Craftsman, and Tudor-style of homes. They can come in a variety of species, the most popular include cedar and pine as they are prone to repel insects.

Pros of wood roofs are that they look quite nice when paired with a particular style of home, they are eco-friendly, and can last for up to 50 years when cared for correctly.

Cons are that they can be expensive, are prone to fires, and require a high level of maintenance as they must be repeatedly treated.

Green Roofing

This is a great option for those who want to make their roof more than just a roof. These types of roofs not only provide added insulation, reduced run-off, and extended roof life but also can add extra living space to your home!

Pros of green roofs are that they are highly durable, can make a garden on your roof, are inexpensive, and can provide extra living space.

Cons of green roofs are that they require extra maintenance as they will need to be watered and landscaped regularly. They also require special roof and gardening know-how for installation as special structural supports for the weight of water and soil will be needed.

Need a roofing contractor to install a new roof on your home? Here are 6 tips for picking the right roofing contractor.

Finals Thoughts On How To Choose A New Roof For Your Home

There are many reasons why one might need to get a new roof, and there are an equally large amount of materials that you can use to make that new roof. Check out what types of roofing services we offer.

If you, your friends, or your family are in need or want a new roof, don’t hesitate to contact us to have one of our roofing contractors come by your home to give you an estimate for a new roof.

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