What Kind of Roofing Material Is Best for Your Home?

A roof is the workhorse of a home, but it fails to often get the respect it deserves. It’s usually an afterthought to the beauty of an illuminated kitchen or a luxurious bedroom, quietly shielding these spaces from the exterior world. In fact, it’s only when a roof fails to provide sufficient shelter—like, say, when it leaks—that this vital detail changes into a high priority on a homeowner’s list.

“A roof is one of the most vital expenditures a homeowner ever makes—it’s really what protects everything and everyone inside a home,” says Elizabeth Moody, the senior merchant for roofing at The Home Depot.

Available roofing materials have expanded in the last couple of years, so choosing the right one can be overwhelming. Moody recommends going into the process as an informed client, which is why we asked her to describe how to choose the kind that’s right for your home. And since you might need guidance on when exactly to replace a roof and its proper installation, Moody also shares tips on these topics, too. Read on to get her insights, and you’ll start appreciating this workhorse more.

How to Choose The Right Roofing Material

As more property owners have learned to embrace the merits of curb appeal, roofs can be one way to achieve that goal on a broad scale. Most addresses have steep roofs, Moody says, so their look is more noticeable to passersby. “The roof is like a home’s window dressing,” she says. “It can really make a statement on the home.”