Boise Historic Homes: Guide to Choosing the Right Roof

Choosing the right roof for your home can be quite the challenge. There are a number of factors to take into account and if you do not have any prior roofing experience, it can be difficult to make the right choices. This is our guide to choosing the right roof to make this process as easy as it can be.

Before you start your search for the perfect roof, you should ask yourself a few questions:

  • How long do I want my roof to last?
  • What type of weather conditions does it need to withstand?
  • What is my budget?

Having answers to these questions will make the search for a roof even easier! The next step is to gain knowledge about the most popular roofing options available. We have highlighted these briefly below.


If you choose to go with a metal roof, you will have peace of mind knowing that it can hold up to both fire and wind. Depending on the type of metal you choose to go with, prices can range from moderate to expensive. Metal roofing is most commonly available in sheets but can also be purchased in shingle form.

Plastic Polymer

This is a great option if you are looking for something that is moderately priced and made to last. Additionally, the plastic polymer can withstand wind and fire and is made to resemble slate or wood shakes.

Concrete Tile

Concrete is a great option because it lasts for a long time. The downfall is that it is breakable and will need to be replaced if it were to break. It has excellent fire resistance and some wind resistance.


Slate is a great natural option because it is made from rock. Though it will stand up well to fire and wind, it will only work on steeply sloped roofs and comes with a hefty price tag.