How to Shop for a New Roof

Monday September 30, 2013

By Christophor Jurin

Choosing a roofing material can be an overwhelming task due to the variety of options available to us. If you're in the market for a new roof system there are a few things to keep in mind when making your final decision.

Budget Constraints

If you're forced to replace your roof and are on a limited budget, asphalt shingles are going to be your best bet. They come in a wide variety of colors are easy to install and a good fit for almost any climate. About 80% of homes in America choose asphalt shingles for these reasons.

Green shingle roof


Take into consideration the average temperature of the area you live in when choosing your roof. The color can actually affect your energy bills. The temperature in your attic can be affected by as much as 20-40 degrees with the right color roof. Light color roof systems are better at reflecting the heat of the sun to keep the space below cooler. The darker colors are still efficient but also help in melting snow load in the winter and keeping a more comfortable temperate in the cold months. So typically if you live in the south consider a light color where dark works better in northern climates.


Matching your roof to other elements of your home will immediately add value to your property. If your home is brick, stone or has a colored siding, take the time to coordinate the color roof. The roof is an investment that you'll have for a long time so choosing something neutral is a safe bet to keep your home's curb appeal for years to come as well as ensuring a good resale value.

Home Association Rules

If you live in a neighborhood with an association, check to see if any color is acceptable or if there are restrictions or roof colors or material types.

Eco-Friendly Roof Products

Explore all the options that are on the market today for a residential roof. There are numerous eco-friendly alternatives that have longevity, durability and price points you might find surprising.

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