Picking the Right Roof for You in 5 Easy Steps

So you’re replacing your roof or having a new home built and you’ve realized it’s time to pick the type of roof you’re going to use. At first it doesn’t seem like a daunting task, after all, it’s just the roof. But then you start to think about how you want your house to look, that’s right – they come in different colors. Then you start to wonder do different colors deliver different benefits? And, if colors DO make a difference, what are the differences between different roofing materials…? Feeling overwhelmed yet? Don’t worry. We’ve got 5 easy steps to help you make the right choice for your home and your lifestyle. When you’re thinking about a new roof, remember to consider the top 5 determining factors:

  • Climate
  • Restrictions
  • Cost
  • Style
  • Color


First things first, the primary purpose of a roof is shelter and protection from the elements. When it comes time to decide on the right roof for your home, you need to think about the climate first. Not all roofing is created equal. While most materials can weather all seasons, some hold up better than others. If you’re looking for longevity and performance, your options will be different depending on where you live. For instance, clay shingles can be beautiful and stylish, but harsh weather – like snow and ice storms, can damage them very quickly. For areas with more dramatic weather, concrete tiles & composition shingles are a good choice because they are great at moving rain & snow off the roof as quickly as possible. Lucky for us, we live in a fairly tame climate, so for the most part every style and material is a viable option in Sonoma and Marin Counties.


Easy enough to forget, but very important if it does apply to you – remember to check with any neighborhood bylaws or HOAs that you don’t have roofing restrictions on either material or colors. If you do have restrictions, you’ll have to work within them. If you don’t, your main concerns can continue to be what style you like best and how it looks against the backdrop of your neighborhood.


Cost is almost always a primary concern when contemplating a new roof. You want to be sure you’re getting the quality you need for a lasting investment, but at the same time, roofing costs can add up quickly and no one wants to be caught by surprise when they get the bill. Different styles, colors, and materials have different associated costs, not only by variety, but also by location. Installation costs can also vary by area and season, so be sure you get a quote as soon as you’re ready so you know you’re numbers are accurate and you can plan for the expense.


What do you want your home to look like, traditional, modern, or unique? What styles are popular in your neighborhood, do you see a pattern? The type of roof you choose will impact the overall look of your home. Remember to consider any accent pieces your home’s exterior may have, like colorful siding, stones or bricks, and shutters or prominent trim. For example, if your home is Spanish style, you’ll likely opt for a tile roof. Whereas, if your home is more contemporary, composition shingles will probably call your name. Whatever look you want for your home, there’s an option that’s right for you.


Not to be forgotten – once you’ve accounted for everything else, it’s time to think about color. Believe it or not, the color of your roof can impact the interior temperature of your home. Light colored roofing will reflect more light and heat, which can keep your home up substantially cooler in a hot climate. Choosing a dark roof can help keep your home warmer, which can be desirable if you live in an area with harsh, cold winters. Still not sure what material or style is right for you? That’s ok. Contact us today for some expert guidance and a free quote.

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