A residential roofing replacement is a big deal if you've never had to go through the process before. You may wonder about a lot of things, but one of the most important on your mind could be choosing the right type of roofing materials.

Your roofing contractor can help with this by explaining the different grades of shingles and your color options. They'll even explain all the options besides asphalt shingles if you want. Here are three decisions you'll need to make for your roof replacement. 

1. Keep Asphalt Shingles Or Switch Roofing

You might be considering switching to metal or clay tile roofing for a change from asphalt shingles. You'll want to ask the roofer about the cost of making the switch and other important details you'll want to know.

Metal and clay tile roofs can last for decades, so they are both good choices if you can afford the price upgrade. They'll both add a bit of luxury to your home and give it a new look.

2. Upgrade To Higher-Quality Shingles

The next decision to make regarding your residential roofing replacement is the grade of shingles you'll buy. Even the lowest grade provides good coverage for several years.

Higher grades last longer because they are thicker. They also have a more glamorous appearance and mimic wood shake or slate roofing.

Upgrading could be a good choice if you're worried about storm damage since high-quality asphalt shingles have the highest impact and wind ratings. Ask your roofer to explain the benefits of buying more expensive shingles, and then compare the costs.

If you don't have a big budget, and you don't want to borrow money to put on a new roof, then choosing three-tab strip shingles is still a good choice for your roof replacement.

3. Select The Granule Color

If you're changing the color of your house paint, you may want a new color for your roof too. If you have siding, such as stone or brick and it will never change color, then you might want to keep the color you already have.

There are several granule colors to consider, so look over a color chart before you decide. You may want a lighter color than the siding, but the choice is yours. Darker-colored roofing works too.

You might also want to match the color of your home's shutters or trim. There are a few ways to pick out the best color for your home, and your roofer can provide tips that help with your color decision for your roof replacement.

Contact a company like Raber Roofing Systems to learn more.