How to Choose a Roof

If you’re honest, do you really want to spend your hard-earned money on a new roof? Who does?

If you stay in your house long enough or buy an older home, you will have to eventually. How do you choose your roofer or materials?

Do you first investigate a roofing contractor or check out the brand or style of roofing materials you want to use? How do you go about researching? Google? Talk to friends? Reviews? What drives your decision? Price? Quality? Company size?


Before making such a big decision, take a look at your perception of the job.

The average life of a roof is around 20 years and can cost $10-12,000. That’s not a small investment, but consider this: If you spend $12,000 on a roof that lasts 20 years, that amounts to spending less than $2 per day. A cup of coffee at Starbucks costs more!

Quality furniture makers will tell you that you have to be rich to buy cheap furniture – because you have to keep buying it. The same is true for more significant home projects.

There are certain home-related services that you should think twice before cutting corners—your foundation, HVAC, plumbing, electricity, and roofing, among others. Yes, they are all big-ticket items; however, they last a very long time when done correctly and with quality materials.

A roof is an integral part of your home’s structure. It’s not just there for aesthetics (although it’s important). It’s really about the safety and comfort of those inside your home – your family.

Perhaps one question to ask your roofing contractor is what brand they would use. After all, they have families too.

Our Choice

Marathon Roofing will work with you – and the shingles you ultimately choose. However, when it was time to find our preferred manufacturer, we looked for one who shares our values. We chose CertainTeed, founded in 1904 (as General Roofing Manufacturing Company). They’ve had years to hone and perfect quality products.

Choosing Your Shingles

There are so many options when choosing shingles. You can get some ideas from this video highlighting some different styles and options.

There are so many options when choosing shingles.

CertainTeed takes a lot of guesswork out of the process with an online design center. You can upload a picture of your home and try on different shingles to see which one will best accentuate the look you want. This tool is especially helpful if you’re thinking about changing the color or style.

Are you in love with the look of slate but not the weight or price? You can get the same appearance using CertainTeed’s Grand Manor®, Carriage House®, Belmont® and Highland Slate® line of asphalt shingles. You also have to consider accessory products. This blog will give you some ideas on the various components to consider.

The life of your roof can depend on the quality of shingles you buy. The higher quality, the longer the life. The CertainTeed Landmark shingle is rated to last 30 years. Their Landmark Premium shingles can last 50 years!

Are you still not sure of the best shingle for your home? Once you have some ideas, work closely with your certified roofing contractor to get their advice.

Customer Service

When you invest in a roof, you expect it to last and be done right. That’s the ideal.

Roofing contractors and manufacturers are human, and nobody’s perfect all the time. If you produce millions of square feet of material per year, there is always the possibility of running into an issue.

CertainTeed stands by its reputation and is by far the leader in addressing post-installation customer issues regarding manufacturer defects with their exceptional limited lifetime warranty.

We are happy to say that CertainTeed has replaced every roof Marathon Roofing has installed that has had a defect.

At Marathon Roofing, we pride ourselves on customer service. That’s why, if there is a problem with your roof, we’ll stay until it’s done.

As owner Scott Phin says, “It is our job and responsibility to deliver a high level of quality and reassurance to get the job completed in a timely manner.”

That’s customer service that lets you sleep knowing your family is safe for years to come.

Marathon Roofing How to Choose a Roof

If you are looking for a locally owned and operated Cockeysville, Maryland roofer, and live in Baltimore County or the surrounding areas, call Marathon Roofing at 410-229-9936.

Baltimore County-Based Roofing

Marathon Roofing is a local Cockeysville, MD roofing contractor specializing in the repair or replacement of slate, shingles, EPDM/TPO, sheet metal & gutters/downspouts.