residential roofing non-aesthetic factors

Whether you’re installing a new roof or just replacing your old one, one of the most significant factors to consider is the material that you use. Many elements will suit the style of your home, and once aesthetics are out of the way, you also need to consider the more practical details. These aspects will affect how your roof performs throughout its lifespan. It will also determine how long that lifespan will be. 

Choosing a roofing material for your residential roof can be intimidating, so here are our top four considerations that you should keep in mind.

Energy Efficiency

Your roof is one of the main entry and exit points for heat within your home. The type of roofing you have is crucial then and can have a significant impact on the energy efficiency of your entire property. Ideal roofing material should not absorb too much heat since that warmth will find its way down into the home. The AC system will be overloaded, and your ensuing electricity bills will be sky-high.

  • Metal is the most energy-efficient roofing material. This versatile roofing material reflects much of the sun’s heat without absorbing it into the home. 
  • Tile roofs provide natural airflow to the attic, which makes it a comfortable space in all seasons. 
  • Asphalt shingles can be installed with premium vents which can help keep the attic cool in summer. 

All these materials are good options if you want to increase the energy efficiency of your home.


Whether you’re facing extreme temperature fluctuations or adverse weather conditions, if you live in a harsh climate, you want to have a roof that can withstand the elements. Depending on where you live, you’ll want a roofing material able to withstand strong winds, torrential rains, hail, extreme temperatures, insect infestations, fire, and extreme temperature variations. 

Several roofing materials stand out as being durable. These materials include clay and concrete tiles, as well as metal roofing. These all have an extensive lifespan, which is an attractive feature for many homeowners.


Having to maintain your roof can be a costly and time-consuming process. While we still recommend that you check your roof for damage every year, we also recommend looking into low-maintenance roofing solutions. 

If you don’t have to maintain or repair your roof frequently, it is a cost-saving solution for the roof’s lifespan. It will also free up time and priorities, leaving you free to enjoy your property. Low maintenance solutions include metal and slate tiles.


Weight is something that many people forget when they replace their roof. Some materials can be hefty, and this weight adds up. Bulky roofing can put a lot of strain on your roof structure. 

Heavy materials will also cost more to install as it takes longer to haul the tiles up to the roof and more effort to ensure accurate installation. Instead, stick to lightweight solutions, such as metal or asphalt shingles, especially if you’re looking for a budget-friendly solution.

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