What to Consider When Choosing Roofing Materials

April 24, 2019 | General
What to Consider When Choosing Roofing Materials

If you are installing a new roof but you’re unsure as to what material is best for your project, there is plenty to consider. It is an important decision to make, as it can be the difference between a roof that performs well in all weathers, and a roof that doesn’t last and needs frequent repairs or replacing before too long.

To help you make your decision, Avenir Roofing has put together a quick list of points to consider when choosing your roofing materials.

What Type?

First things first, you must consider the type of roof you are laying. For example, shingles aren’t suitable for flat roofs, and you may need something like EPDM rubber roofing for your project. Ask yourself, is the roof pitched, sloped or flat? Is the roof on a commercial building, a residential home or a shed? These things will all influence your decision.

Once you have determined the roof you are installing, and how it is going to look, you can do your research on the suitable types of roofing to select the best solution for you.


One of the most important factors to consider when choosing roofing materials is how long it is going to last. Of course the longer the roof will last, the better, and when you compare it with the price of different roofing materials, you can see how cost-effective certain roofs are.

At Avenir Roofing, our Firestone RubberCover EPDM is inexpensive and can last up to 50 years, making it a very cost-effective solution for flat roofs.


Roofs must be strong enough to withstand harsh weather. It’s vital that they’re able to cope under snow, rain, wind and also UV rays from the sun. Some types of roofing material can withstand weather conditions better than others, so it is important to do your research before you make a decision.


Not only do you want your roof to be strong and long lasting, but you also want it to look good. Finding a roof that is durable and suitable, as well as aesthetically pleasing can be tricky, but it essential for finding a solution that you’re satisfied with.

As experts in everything EPDM, we believe that EPDM rubber roofing provides you with everything. It can often be installed in one sheet so that it looks neat and tidy and it is also resistant to growths such as moss and algae, so it won’t get any unsightly streaks or marks on it.


An aspect which makes certain roofing types stand out above others is how little maintenance it requires once it is installed. Some roofing materials take more maintenance than others, so it is important to understand what will be required of the owner of the building, to keep the roof in tip-top shape.

Some roofs will require the occasional mend or repair, while others will only require a yearly inspection by a professional.


The environment might be the last thing on your mind when choosing roofing materials but selecting something that is eco-friendly can be a win-win.

An environmentally friendly roofing type such as EPDM is good for the environment because the manufacturing has little impact on smog compared to other roofing systems, and it can be recycled. But it also has insulating properties, meaning lower energy bills.

Learn more about EPDM roofing in the rest of our blog.

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