Restoring an old house is a lot of fun and a lot of work. It can be challenging trying to decide where to splurge and where to cut corners so you can stay within your budget. The type of new roof you put on will affect the appearance of your home and your budget too. Since roofing will take up a large part of your restoration budget, you'll want to give the materials you choose a lot of thought. Here are some things to consider.


If you're fixing up a home that has been in your family for generations and you intend to pass it to future generations, then choosing material that lasts for decades is a good choice. You may spend more initially, but the roofing won't need to be replaced as often and high-quality roofing offers better protection for your home too. A choice you might want to consider is metal. Metal roofing is stylish and durable. It won't need to be replaced as often as asphalt shingles and it withstands all kinds of weather conditions.


Appearance is important, especially if you have a historic home, a luxury estate, or a rustic cabin. You want the roof to match the home. For instance, the original roof may be made from wood shakes. You may want to replicate that look without having to put in all the time needed for maintenance of a wood roof. In that case, you can look for asphalt or metal roofing that is made to look like wood shakes. You can buy more affordable roofing materials designed to look like wood, slate, or tile due to their coloring and texture. This gives you the look you want at a lower cost and the roof will be easier to maintain too.


If you would rather spend most of your restoration budget on the inside of the house, you'll probably want the least expensive roofing material. Asphalt shingle roofs are an affordable option, and since they are also a very popular choice for residential roofs, you won't have to worry about sacrificing appearance. Asphalt roofs are suitable for luxury estates as well as smaller homes and cabins. The material cost is low when compared to other types of roofing and they are easy to install so installation costs are affordable too, especially when compared to a material such as wood shakes.

Roofing materials are made to high standards, so whether you choose asphalt, metal, or another material, the roof should provide adequate protection for your home. The important differences to consider include how long the roof will last before being replaced and how much maintenance you'll need to do to keep the roof in good shape. Contact a roofer, like Berkeley Exteriors, for more help.