There was a time when a roof was nothing more than the top of the cave in which people lived in. In the eighteen hundreds, buildings in the east and parts of the south had wood roofing shingles but in the Wild West, many families literally spent the first winter in a cave dug out of the prairie. It wasn't until the next year when they could build a small home with a conventional roof to protect them. Even today in parts of the west lay the remnants of homesteader homes long since abandoned. Some of the buildings still stand today. The homes of most first generation homesteaders were usually less than half of the size of the barn. This was the beginning of roofing in the west.
In the present times roofing is not just another part of a house. Without roofing a home would be incomplete. Roofing is the single most important part of any home. There are all kinds of materials and styles for roofs and now more than ever in the past, the roof can last longer even to the point that the first roof may last fifty years or more. New roofing now comes as asphalt shingles, rubber recycled, metal and many other types. The homeowner can now make the roof an architectural statement in itself.
In order for a homeowner to have the roof they desire, they will need to get bids from contractors to do the work. Finding the right contractor isn't difficult but it can take some time. A person should never rush to a decision when it comes to any building or remodeling. Ask around to others who have had recent new roofing installed. Also try going to one of the large home warehouses and ask for contractors that they use. This is very effective because the warehouses are not going to use contractors that don't do good work.
Once the owner has received several contractors that were recommended, the time consuming part of interviewing each contractor begins. Don't just accept the low bidder and ask when they can do it. Get references from each contractor and call or drive by those homes to see the results. Once the contractor has been chosen and the price is agreed upon, the actual construction will take place. One good thing about roofing contractors is that once they know what roofing material the homeowners want, they can finish the job without needing direction from the owners.