Before choosing a new look for your home's roof, you may want to consult a contractor.
He or she can give you the pros and cons of the materials available.
Janet Vonkonhn is a Homeowner.
"Before we choose the roof he brought samples and he suggested types of roof and he also suggested color and we did that and we've been very happy."
Asphalt is the most common type of shingle used today.
It's relatively inexpensive.
But other materials can also be used like wood, slate or tile, according to Roofing Contractor Tom Scribbins.
"There's really only 3 shingles. There's a 20 year three tab, which is probably the shingle that was put on the house when it was built. There's a 25 year three tab, and there's an architectural which is the laminated, people will say the fancy shingle, people will say 'how come that roof looks so good?' Chances are that's a 30 year or lifetime laminated shingle."
If the shingle is installed incorrectly, it will fail - that's why it's important to hire a reputable roofing contractor who has experience with the type of product you want.
Reroofing your house is one of the biggest projects you'll do as a homeowner.
Your roof typically last 20 to 30 years, so you want to find a reputable contractor who is licensed, has insurance because you are going to have people on your roof, so you want to make sure they have worker's comp insurance.
And that they have a good reputation and good warranty for standing behind their work.
When choosing the color, hold up samples against the exterior of your home. And look at the sample in both the sun and the shade.