Roofing Basics

Our roofing basics page can help you navigate this daunting home improvement project. Homeowners may want to also check out our roofing guide, which discusses some of the same issues in greater detail.

Roofing Basics: Materials

There are many roofing materials to choose from. For example, Spanish tile is one of the most expensive shingle roofing options, but offer a unique and elegant look and long term durability. Traditional asphalt shingles are much more affordable in terms of price, but don’t have the same charm or elegance. Architectural shingles are right in middle of these in terms of pricing and often many unique colors and finishes.

Bottom Line: Homeowners have to weigh upfront costs with long term costs, along with finding the best materials that fit in with your home’s design and style. Research on a number of potential roofing materials and try to whittle that number down to 3 or 4 selections that seem right for you.