Shingles, Metal and Tiles galore – how to choose the right roof for your home!

The time has come, it’s time for a new roof. You’ve went through the overbearing process of finding the right roofing contractor for your home (or business), the time has come and you’re now figuring out what type of roof you want! First off, congratulations to making it this far, lesser people have been known to give up during this part of the process. Second off, we know it might seem overwhelming when it comes to your options but that’s why we’re here, to help you through the process of picking out the right roof for you and your home. Here are a few of our tips on how to choose the right roof for your home.

There are a variety of things to consider when thinking about the perfect roof.  Picking the right materials can help the longevity of your roof as well as reducing the cost of replacement later down the line. Aside from what’s aesthetically pleasing, take a step back and ask yourself these questions.

  • What’s the climate like where you live? Does it change drastically during summer and winter months?
  • Will the roof hold up during natural disasters such as fires or storms?
  • How long will the roof last?
  • What’s the durability like?
  • Is it eco-friendly?
  • What’s the installation process like
  • How much does it cost?


These are just a few of the things to consider. We included a basic chart so you can compare different roofing products with their weight, lifespan, costs etc. Hopefully this can help you during the process of choosing the right roof for your home.

Roofing comparison:

Product Weight/Square Lifespan Cost/Square Cost/Year
Asphalt (3-tab) 190-250 lb. 15-20 yr. $75-$125 $4-$8
Asphalt (laminated) 240-340 lb. 20-30 yr. $125-$200 $4-$10
Metal (coated steel) 80-150 lb. 30-50 yr. $250-$450 $5-$15
Plastic Polymer 70-300 lb. 50+ yr. $400-$650 $7-$13
Clay Tile 600-1,800 lb. 50+ yr. $800-$1,000 $13-$20
Concrete Tile 550-1,000 lb. 50+ yr. $300-$500 $5-$10
Slate 800-1,000 lb. 100+ yr. $1,100-$2,000 $10-$20
Wood (cedar) 200-350 lb. 15-25 yr. $350-$450 $14-$30


Stay tuned for a follow up blog breaking down the differences in roofing materials! If you are in the need of residential or commercial roofing installations, repairs or maintenance please give us a call. If you have any questions about any of our materials or products used, we’d love to help you out.

Nor-Cal Roofing is Northern California’s premier choice for residential and commercial roofing projects in Chico, Orland, Corning, Oroville, Hamilton City, Durham, Paradise and other surrounding North State areas in Butte and Glenn Counties. If you would like an estimate or consultation on roofing services please feel free to call us at (530) 892-9960!




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