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how do you choose the right roof for your home?

Be a Knowledgeable Consumer and a Smart Roof System Buyer


It’s not every day that you buy a roof and it’s a big deal for any homeowner. In fact, unless you are doing a major face-lift on your house, you probably don’t think much about it until you have an unexpected leak. If that’s the case, you’re likely worried how much it’s going to cost to fix it or replace it. Complete our quote request form for a prompt response. 

Since the average homeowner buys a new roof just once in their lifetime, it’s unchartered territory for most. So we want to help make the process a little easier and make sure you’re armed with the information you need to make the right investment decision for your home.

Why should you get a new roof?

Generally, there are two reasons:

1. Your Roof is Just Old

Let’s face it. All roofs eventually need replacement and the most obvious reason is wear and tear on the old one. It’s always a good idea to have your roof inspected if it’s past warranty or looks worn out and J.P. Witherow Roofing can come out and do a thorough roof inspection to help you determine the best course of action.

2. You Want to Increase Curb Appeal and Property Value

Many homeowners elect to replace their roof simply for the aesthetic value as a new roof can completely change the look of a home and increase the property value. There are a wide variety of roofing materials available, so it’s important to choose the right one to match the design of your home and neighborhood while staying within weather restrictions and budget.

Factors to consider

The right roof system is the one that balances these four considerations:

Architectural Style


How much does a new roof cost?

THE PRICE OF A NEW ROOF SYSTEM VARIES WIDELY, depending on the material selected, the contractor doing the work, the home itself, location of the home or building, local labor rates, time of year, and more. In terms of a ballpark figure though, the average is $8,000 to $12,000. (See this blog post for details on how prices are calculated.)

To get a good idea of the cost for your roof system, get three or four estimates from reputable contractors in your area. Keep in mind that cost is only one factor, and it must be balanced with the quality of the materials and workmanship.

For each roofing material, there are different grades—and corresponding prices. Plus, there are a variety of styles and shapes. You need to look at the full product range and make a choice based on your budget and needs. Within the roofing profession, there are different levels of expertise and craftsmanship. Pick a contractor who is committed to quality work, like J.P. Witherow Roofing.

you have options



THE TYPE OF ROOF YOU CHOOSE dictates the durability, aesthetics and architectural style and also affects the cost.  If you live in a neighborhood with a Homeowner’s Association (HOA), there will be regulations on the types of roofs allowed. However, there are multiple options in different budgets if you have a choice of materials.

Asphalt/Composite Shingles

Slate Tiles

Wood Shingles

Concrete or Clay Tiles


The economical alternative to wood and tile

  • Durable and Affordable - Asphalt is most popular because of versatility, durability and price range. 

  • Variety - You don't have to settle for boring, monotone roofing materials anymore. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and styles with subtle color variations that make them look like real wood or slate.

  • Lifespan - Modern asphalt shingles are a composite material that includes a fiberglass reinforcement to prevent tearing. The life span is about 20 to 30 years. 

  • Easy Installation, Maintenance and Repair

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A high end product that will outlive you!

  • Beautiful! - A high end, sophisticated look available in a variety of sizes, thicknesses and colors. 

  • Lifespan - Slate roofs can and should be built to last at least a century or more.

  • Fire Resistant - Slate roofing is one of the most fire resistant roofs that exist. Since it is a natural stone product, slate tiles themselves are completely fire proof.

  • Cost - Definitely more expensive. Generally at least five times the cost of more conventional materials. However, if installed correctly, it will also last five times as long.

  • Much more complex installation. An experienced and skilled contractor is a must.

  • Weight - Very heavy (about 800 to 1,500 pounds per 100 square feet). You must have your home evaluated from a structural standpoint to make sure it can take the weight.

  • Durability - While slate tiles can last more than a century, they are very fragile. You cannot walk on them unless you know what you're doing. Replacing broken tiles can be challenging since they come in lots, making it unlikely to find a perfect match.

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Only allowed in Coronado unless you have an historical designation

  • Appearance - One of the most natural looking roofs.

  • Variety - It is available as real or synthetic wood shingles.

  • Fire Resistance - It can be treated to improve fire protection qualities.

  • Lifespan - If well maintained, can last 30 years or more. 

  • Easy Installation, Maintenance and Repair

If you live in Coronado or have an historical designation, contact us to discuss your best options for real wood shakes or synthetic wood shake shingles.

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A great roofing solution for California

  • Beautiful! - A Southwestern appearance that is ideal for warmer climates like San Diego.

  • Durable - One of the longest-lasting, durable materials of 80-100 years.

  • Smart Design - Designed to have an interlocking and/or overlapping layout for weather protection.

  • Resistant to Elements - Not affected by insects or fire and also resistant to high winds and hail.

  • Variety of options - in colors and styles.

  • Environmentally Friendly - long lasting, easily recycled and don’t contain chemicals. They also reflect UV rays and help reduce cooling costs.

  • Easy Installation and Maintenance

  • Cost - More expensive than some other options.

  • Weight - The material is very heavy, so the roof may require extra work before installation.

  • Fragility - The tiles can be broken by walking on the roof.

While there are some disadvantages of concrete and clay tile roofs, they are easily outweighed by the many benefits. J.P. Witherow are tile roof experts.

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