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The majority of homeowners will only need to replace their roof once or twice in their lifetime. With so many product options, selecting a material for a replacement roof can be difficult for some homeowners. According to Parker roofing experts, many factors should be considered when homeowners are making such a decision.

The first and usually biggest factor that should be taken into account when selecting a new roofing product is cost. Most homeowners have a set budget in mind for their roof. Staying within these limits can help a homeowner feel better about their final decision. However, homeowners also need to consider the return on investment and how long a roof will last when thinking about how much they want to spend on a new roof. For example, slate tiles are some of the most expensive roofing options but will generally last for a century or more. In addition, metal roofs can be moderately expensive but have the potential for an 80 to 90 percent return on investment.

The next factors to consider when it comes to choosing a roofing material are any local rules and regulations. This includes local building codes and homeowners association restrictions. Some building codes restrict the use of various roofing materials, such as wood due to its flammability.

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HOAs routinely restrict the types of roofs that can be applied to houses located within their jurisdiction. They may only allow one type of roof or have a list of roofing materials that are not allowed. Either way, not doing this type of research and including it in the decision can be a costly and disappointing mistake for homeowners.

Some homeowners may also want to consider their carbon footprint when selecting a material for a replacement roof. While slate tiles and wood shakes or shingles are natural materials, they are not the most eco-friendly. Metal is the only truly green roofing option. It reflects heat and absorbs a third less heat than asphalt shingles. In fact, metal can decrease a homeowner's yearly energy expenses by about 25 percent. Metal is also recyclable, and metal roofs can be made from recycled materials.

A wide range of color availability may be an important factor for some homeowners. Asphalt shingles normally offer about 15 to 20 different color options while metal roofs can be painted in dozens of various colors. Slate tiles come in unique color variations with browns, blacks, purples, oranges, reds, grays and many others.

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