When it comes to picking the right roof for your home, the wide array of choices available can often be confusing. While you can make your choice based on aesthetics, this isn’t the best idea. In fact, there are a lot of other factors you should consider when deciding what type of roof to install.

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What Factors Dictate the Type of Roof I Can Install?

Roof Sloping

Some roofs are flat; some are angled. Depending on which type of roof you have, you might have to choose a different roofing material.

Asphalt shingles or concrete tile are excellent options for a sloped roof, and it’s a popular choice for sloped roofing. However, these systems are not designed for flat roofs, so on flat roofs you will need to choose an appropriate asphalt mop or modified system to avoid water ponding and penetration

Weather Resistance

This is one of the most significant points when it comes to installing a roof because the whole point of a good roof is to protect your home, after all. Different types of roofing are made to handle different kinds of weather and climate.

Tile, for example, might be used in warmer areas to help keep the heat from penetrating your home. Or you might choose metal panel roofing in an area with more volatile weather like Florida since both materials are known to be extremely durable and wind-resistant.


Of course, appearance matters, and your roof is one of the first things people notice about your home. You want a roof that will be aesthetically pleasing and match your current home design cohesively.

This means considering the color, texture, and type of material. You still have the flexibility to choose various types of material, though, especially since many options nowadays can be made to mimic other materials, like metal and concrete looking like tile or wood.


Yes, the weight of your chosen materials matter. Your roofing material must be something that your home can physically hold up, not to mention that the weight of the material can influence the timeline and the cost of the project. The heavier the material is, the more challenging it will be to have it installed, and the more your project will cost too.

You could still get a heavy material like slate installed on your roof, but your contractor will need to ensure that your home is structurally strong enough to support the weight.

Overall Cost

Some materials cost more than others, but the price might be worth it when you consider their durability. For example, asphalt is more inexpensive and can still be quite durable. 

By contrast, metal roofs tend to be more expensive, but they are extremely durable and wind-resistant. When you consider how durable and robust metal roofs are, you might find that your investment is still worth the higher upfront cost since you won’t have to replace your roof as frequently.


You can choose any material for your roof, but there are many factors to consider when it comes to choosing the right material that will give your home the long-term protection it needs. You need to choose a roof type that fits your home, budget, and which will be able to hold up to the climate and weather as well. 

Give us a call today if you’re unsure about what type of roof to install, and we can give you specific advice for your home.

Michael Gustafson

Michael Gustafson

Gustafson Roofing is a local, family-owned roofing company that has been serving the Boynton Beach, Florida area since 1948. As one of the most experienced roofing contractors in the region, Gustafson Roofing provides a full range of roofing services, from installation of new roofing systems to repairs and maintenance. They are experts in roof replacements, installing various types of roofs, including asphalt shingle, metal, tile, and flat roofs. In addition to reroofing, the company offers roof leak repairs and inspection services to keep clients’ roofs protected. With over 60 years in business, Gustafson Roofing prides itself on quality craftsmanship and customer satisfaction.