The choice to replace your roof is a headache. Either you need to replace it because it took on damage, or maybe you are replacing it because you are trying to increase the resale value of your home. The decisions start with who you are going to hire to do the work. It is then followed by setting your budget and then selecting your material. These are the steps that you need to go through in order to make it easy. Here is some general information about material.
Cons: It is very heavy. In an earthquake the weight alone can cause the house to collapse if the structure is compromised. It can get pits and have moss grow on it. Both of these conditions can mean that you will need to get some maintenance done to them regularly.
Pros: It is a permanent roof choice. With a little maintenance and upkeep it can last you for many more years than some of your other choices.
Con: The initial install can cost a bit more. This is because it takes special skill and training to install. It also has to be ordered so it may take a little longer to get installed.
Pros: Metal roofs need very little maintenance. They do not to be repaired very often. They can last up to 100 years. They also are self-cleaning. They are also light and can stand up to almost any weather condition.
Cons: Asphalt needs regular maintenance. It must be inspected regularly for weak spots and damage caused by storms. Asphalt usually only lasts about 5 years before needing to be replaced.
Pros: It does not cost much for install. It is also usually pretty easy to find someone who can install it because it does not take any special training.
The best way to know for sure what would be best for your home is to contact a contractor. A local contractor will have more details about what your location faces concerning weather conditions.