Residential roofing, while consistent of some of the same aspects of commercial roofing, differs slightly in relation to importance of appearance. As a homeowner you probably place quite a bit of pride into the cosmetic appeal of your home, both to you and to others, like your neighbors, friends, and passersby. Due to this factor, the new or repaired roof looks will play a big part in your choice of roofing materials and design. The best thing is that in most cases the material available to you is appealing in both practicalities as well as looks.
Asphalt or tar roofing is one of the most popular roofing options available and while it is not very versatile in color and style options, it does provide a clean, put together look to any home. Keep in mind that not too many people are going to be looking at your roof and it should be other parts of your home that you worry over decorating, so an asphalt roof can be a great option for those of you looking for a simple, clean , styled top to your home. This style of roofing is sheer to weather wear, especially in high precipitation areas, but it is inexpensive and for the most part easy to repair. If, however, you decide on this option but are still worried about the longevity of your roof, consider having a roof coating applied as the final layer. This will provide a barrier against sun, weather and physical damage.
Slate tiles are a unique way to style your roof. They come in a variety of colors and styles and will give the final result a classy and well put together artsy look. However, these are heavier materials and may not be suitable for your structure. Additionally, they are one of the most expensive materials in the roofing industry and the fact that they are heavier, these are harder to install, rising your cost for labor as well. If you do decide to go with slate though, you will not be disappointed with the final physical appeal of your finished roof.
Rubber roofing can be used in residential roofing as well. Although, it is recommended more for commercial roofing than anything else, it is a durable, inexpensive means to replacing or repairing any roof. Wood has often been used, but not so much nowdays as it poses a large fire risk and is prone to rotting (not very water resistant). Of course again if you decide to go with this choice, a top coat as the final sealant can help to prevent any future damage. Expect to replace or repair a wood tiled roof sooner than one made of another type of material.
In the end, it is totally up to you as a homeowner, to decide what you want. It would be a good idea to consult a contractor who specialized in residential roofing. They can provide you with answers to your questions, and give you a variety of options available to your needs and what your desire in your new roof.