What Should I Consider When Selecting a New Roof?


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There are many factors that come into play when you are ready to install a new roof on your home. Whether you choose to go with metal or asphalt shingles, a  roof replacement is a major investment and one you’ll want to live with comfortably for a long time. Here are a few points to take into consideration:

Curb appeal

Look at comparable homes in your neighborhood, paying special attention to their roofs.  Is the roofing complementary to the homes? A simple 3-tab may suit some styles, while the more defined architectural shingle may be better aesthetically for others.

A fitting roof enhances not only your home but the neighborhood as well.


Selecting the proper color in a metal or shingle roof replacement can offer multiple benefits. A lighter color roof can keep an attic cooler and add life to your roof.

Reds, browns, greens and even blacks can have a large amount of light granules mixed in with the color to offer the best of both a rich coloration as well as cooler shingle, one that helps reflect intense heat but offers a complementary appeal to match a home’s siding, brick, wood or stone.

If your heart is set on darker colors, however, modern shingles in darker and more vivid colors are designed by the manufacturer to offer reflective properties as well.


Choosing the right roof installer can be confusing. Always opt for a qualified contractor who has a great local reputation and leaves a job site at least as good at they found it. Read into the quotes that you receive from other contractors.

Many homeowners jump at an opportunity for a cheap roof. What they don’t realize is that bargain price may have not come with a valid warranty, an experienced team, a permanent area address or a working phone number – leaving them in the lurch when problems arise.

Durability & Longevity

How long do you want your roof to last?  This may seem a no-brainer, but it is often omitted from a discussion of the difference in cost between an asphalt shingle and a metal roof.  Although metal roofing can cost twice as much as shingle, it makes up for its deficit in longevity.

If installation costs and ongoing repair/maintenance tasks are a non-issue for you, you have the luxury of choosing a roof on appearance alone.


The best roof type can fall victim to a number of unforeseen catastrophes early in its life – an accidental manufacturing defect, an installation error, etc.  Be certain whether your roof is protected by a warranty – before it is installed.

Contact Yellowhammer Roofing for more information on adding the perfect roof to your home.

Are you ready for a new roof?