What Type of Roof is Best for My Home?

Get a Free Quote Today!

What Type of Roof is Best for My Home?

Whether you’re building from the ground up or just looking for a new roofing system for your home, the wide range of material options available to you can quickly feel confusing, making it hard to know which is right for you and your home. Composite shingles, wood, and asphalt, and also slate, concrete, as well clay tiles are all available on the market, and ultimately, it’s up to you to decide which one works best for your needs and personal style.

At 1st Out Roofing, our team has worked with homeowners throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area on all kinds of concerns ranging from home renovations to total roof replacement and installations. As one of the most trust names in Roofing in the DFW Metroplex, we thought spending a little time exploring some of the most popular roofing options for homes would help people feel more confident in making a decision that’s right for them.

Features and Materials Influence Cost

There are a few things that can have an impact on the cost of a new roof. The basic quality of each material is typically the starting point for this. Another important thing to consider is the current condition of your existing roof (if you are replacing a roofing system). Any materials that need to be removed or repairs that need to handled will inevitably lead to higher overall costs in the end. Another basic factor is the overall shape of your roof. A gable roof with very few breaks such as chimneys or vent pipes will be a straight forward job for an experienced roofing company. If your roof has multiple chimneys, turrets, skylights, or other unique features, then the cost of your new roof will increase accordingly.

Deciding on Roofing Materials

Many people may not realize that not all roofing materials are available for their specific home, and that different features of their structure can dictate which roofing material can (or should) be used for their needs. Slate and tile roofs can create a very heavy load, so the overall construction of your home will need to be reinforced adequately to carry the overall weight these types of materials would create. 

Some common roofing material choices include:

  • Asphalt – This type of material is one of the most commonly used materials in the industry due to the low cost and ease of installation. There are two basic configurations available typically known as standard and laminated products. Laminated materials typically cost more, but are also more durable and longer-lasting.
  • Wood – As the roofing material of choice for quite a few centuries, wood roofing systems are still a dependable option for some situations. Typically made from redwood, cedar, or southern pines, these types of roofing systems can last for around 25 years on average.
  • Metal – As a more durable, but more expensive option for roofing, metal roofs can provide increased protection and resistance to elements for homes. At the same time, these benefits come with at a much higher price than existing alternatives such as asphalt.
  • Tile and Cement – Classic half-cylinder solutions are a common feature of many Spanish or Colonial style construction projects. While these roofing systems are known for their durability and quality, they are also extremely heavy. Overall, the application of a roofing system using this type of material is typically prohibited by the capability of a structure to support the weight, as well as the high cost of the material itself.
  • Slate – As one of the most durable of all materials on the market today, slate has a life expectancy than can easily span 100 years or more. The problem though is that it is also considered the heaviest option for a roofing system, and the structure beneath will need to be specifically designed to support this amount of weight, in addition to being extremely expensive.

Choosing the Right Material

If you’re looking for a new roofing system for your existing home, then the chances are high that you’ll be limited to an option similar to what has already been installed. If you’re determined to choose a new material though, then it is important to think about overall cost, weight, and even the color options of any other options you’re interested in. 

If you’re feeling lost while trying to choose a roofing option, then your best way forward will typically be to work with an experienced roofing contractor, like our team at 1st Out Roofing, so we can give you a professional opinion on what will work best for you and your home.

Schedule A Roof Inspection

Expert Roofing Services

Areas We Serve

Recent Posts

open skylight on roof

The Benefits of Installing Skylights on Your Roof

Do you find yourself feeling more energized and productive on bright, sunny days? Do you struggle to concentrate or feel motivated when your home or …

roofing materials

10 Popular Types of Roofing Materials 

Roofing materials are a significant investment that affects the aesthetic appeal, functionality, and durability of your home. With several options in the market, choosing the …


GAF Introduces a Game-Changing Shingle: Timberline Ultra HDZ™

Get ready to revolutionize your roofing game with the newly unveiled Timberline Ultra HDZ™ shingles from GAF! As North America’s largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer, …

regular roof maintenance

Why Regular Roof Maintenance Is Essential 

Regular roof maintenance is essential for homeowners to protect their homes and keep them in good condition. The hot, dry climate in Texas can cause …

Common Roofing Problems In The Dallas Area

Common Roofing Problems In The Dallas Area And How To Prevent Them

There are many common roofing problems in the Dallas area a home or business owner should look out for. There are ways to prevent them, …

3 Rooftop Decorations To Look For This Christmas

As you drive around to admire Christmas decorations this season, you’ll probably see lots of rooftop decorations in addition to decorations on lawns and in …

How Will Sudden Cold Weather Impact Your Roof?

Winter is officially just around the corner, and the upcoming cold weather will be the norm within a few weeks. Usually, Texas tends to start …

hang christmas lights from your roof

How to Hang Christmas Lights From Your Roof 

The holidays have arrived and pretty soon you will see lights cascading down from houses. If you want to know how to hang Christmas lights …

roof in cold weather

How Will Sudden Cold Weather Impact Your Roof?

Winter is officially just around the corner, and the upcoming cold weather will be the norm within a few weeks. Usually, Texas tends to start …

roof repair cost

How Much Will My Roof Repair Cost?

Damage to your roof can range from a single shingle missing to a complete roof collapse. That’s a lot of variation to consider when determining …

Your House Isn’t Haunted: Explaining The Noises Roofs Make

Those spooky noises you might be hearing around your home (probably) isn’t because of any ghosts or ghouls, but instead, something much more easily managed. …

hole in your roof

Hole In Your Roof? What You Should Do Next

There is nothing worse than sitting on your living room couch and feeling a drop of water hit your forehead as you look up to …

how to protect your roof before a hurricane

3 Tips To Protect Your Roof Before a Hurricane

As hurricane season kicks into gear with Hurricane Ian, now is the perfect time to look over your roof and take any necessary precautions in …

4 Halloween Roof Decoration Projects

With Halloween right around the corner, you might already be planning out the costumes for you and your family. However, one member of your household …

Dallas Roofing Contractor

What Is the Best Season For A Roof Replacement

If you are thinking about a roof replacement, then you have probably thought about what time of year would be best to get such a …

How Thermal Shock Can Damage Your Roof

Fall is coming and after a hot summer, we could all use a break from the heat. Your roof, however, may not be as accepting …

buying a home

What to Look For In the Roof When You’re Buying a Home

When you are in the process of buying a home, make sure you look into the roof. How old is it? What’s the ventilation system like? Keep reading to find out more factors to keep an eye out for.

cool roof

4 Ideas for Remodeling Your Home and Roof

If you are in the process of remodeling your home, follow our tips and tricks!

roof maintenance

How to Protect Your Residential Roof This Summer

Let us protect your roof this summer with these tips!

Why Gutter and Roof Maintenance is Crucial for Commercial Buildings

Home renovation projects can get out of hand pretty easily. When working on your roof, one of the biggest challenges is to stay within your budget. There are many things that can cause the price of your project to go sky high, and we are going to give you some tips on how to prevent that from happening. The first thing you can do is work with professionals who are experienced and really know what they are doing — and for North Texas home owners, the first roofer you call should be First Out Roofing.

Get a Free Estimate

First Out Roofing is a Dallas and Fort Worth-based roofing company that specializes in residential and commercial roofing, insurance claims, and roof repair. All work and materials are covered by insurance certifications. To have a qualified, fully trained specialist evaluate your roof and, if necessary, provide an estimate, call us immediately.

Or Give Us a Call At