New Year, New Roof: How to Choose the Best Roof for Your Home in 2023

Jan 16, 2023 | Blog, Northern Virginia, Roof Replacement, Roofing

The roof of your home has a great responsibility to keep you, your family, and your possessions safe and protected. A strong, solid roof should effectively move water and debris away from the foundation, as well as assist in keeping a consistent temperature indoors. When any of these factors fail, consider a new roof. Even though manufacturers have improved on technology and innovations throughout the years, no roof is perfect. At Gutter Ethics in Northern Virginia, we strive to offer you the best roofing system possible. It is a large investment, and we would like to see you get the biggest bang for your buck. 

There are many options available when it comes to roofing. How do you know the best option for your particular home? Here are some highlights of the most common roofing materials. 


Asphalt shingle roofing, Northern Virginia

The asphalt roofing system is the most common and for apparent reasons. 

  • Affordable
  • Easy to install
  • No worry of rust or corrosion
  • Damaged areas can easily be replaced
  • Variety of colors and styles to choose from
  • Traditional look


The extended lifespan makes this roofing system attractive. Here are some other reasons it is becoming a wise choice.

  • Lightweight
  • Maximum rain shedding
  • Energy efficiency
  • Environmentally friendly 
  • Moss and fungus proof
  • Fire-resistant


For sophistication and attractiveness, look no further than cedar.

  • Excellent thermal insulation
  • Storm and weather resistant
  • Long-lasting
  • Pleasant smell
  • Repels insects
  • Damage resistance


Slate roofing, roof replacement, Northern Virginia

The pinnacle of roofing materials.

  • Lifespan of up to 200 years
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Low maintenance
  • Durable
  • Energy efficient
  • Mold resistant

There are other factors to consider when choosing a roofing material. The trusted roofing experts at Gutter Ethics can help you narrow down your choices based on these considerations. 

Roof Slope 

The slope of your roof is necessary for draining excess water off your roof. If water remains collected in puddles, with minimal drainage, damage to the roofing material can quickly occur. If the slope is minimal, consider a leak-resistant material to eliminate pooling water. 

Architectural Design

Choose a roofing system that matches the design of your home. A traditional home style may look best with asphalt shingles or metal. Is your home Colonial, European or French chateau designed? Opt for a darker color slate roof. A natural rustic home stands out with a cedar roofing system.  


Each type of roofing system offers a variety of maintenance commitments. Select the material carefully, depending on the future work you desire to put into keeping it working at its best. 


Asphalt shingle roof replacement.

Please chat with our team about the structure of your home. Each material has a particular weight. Slate can be heavy, whereas asphalt is the lightest of materials. Consider the frame of your home and how much weight it can hold. 


Asphalt shingles are the most affordable, however, they last only approximately 25 years. Slate is expensive but can last for decades. Make a choice your budget can support. We have financing options available for homeowners in the Northern Virginia region. 

We are in the business of building long-term relationships with our clients. We have strong core values based on faith, family, friends, and fun. We strive for your approval and to be the number on your fridge – the people you know you can call anytime with roofing concerns. We offer exceptional craftsmanship and integrity, no matter the job. 

“From the fruit of his mouth, a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.” Proverbs 12:14

Call today for a free consultation on the best roofing system for your home! 

Hire a Team of Professionals You Can Trust

We’re in this business because we love building trusting, long-term relationships with our clients. Thanks to our meticulous attention to detail and expansive knowledge, we’ve earned a reputation for getting the job done the first time for a fair price. Most importantly, we’re known for responding quickly and going the extra mile. Choose the exterior specialists who take the well-being of your property personally. Give Gutter Ethics LLC a call today for your free inspection!