Buying Guide: How to choose the best roof for your home

Major renovations or general home improvements, buying a new roof is as important as any decision you need to for your home. It might easy to think at first that buying a new version of your existing roof is the obvious choice but it’s not always the case. It may be applicable in some instances but there are alternatives and even better options for your roofing. Don’t miss out on new developments just because you are contented with your current roof design.

There are several materials out there and you need to be aware of these options and their features when you consider comparing one to the other.

There are materials such as wood shakes and slate that have been a staple in homes for a long time but there are also newer options you such as asphalt-fiberglass and plastic composites.

We have a step by step guide below on how to choose the right roof for your home.


The roof is one of the most visible part of your home and its appearance will definitely affect the look of your home. The texture, material and the color should match the rest of the house.

Be consistent with your home’s architectural style. Don’t put a Spanish tile on a ranch-style house or a metal roofing to a colonial style home.

There are new roof alternatives that look like the classic roof designs we have seen. Fiber cement shingles look like wood or slate. Metal and concreate can look like tile or wood. Color availability in your area should also be remembered. Check your local roofing companies if your preferred color is available in your area.

Roofing companies are well aware how to best match the roof design to the style of the home. Be open about your preferences but be sure to discuss this with a roofing professional before making any decision.


There are a number of factors that can affect the cost of a new roof. The cost to replace the roof on most homes is $4,000 up to $10,000. It can be more expensive for larger homes or with homes with complex roof designs.

The price of the material is can easily give you an estimate of how much you’ll spend for your new roof. Roof materials is measured by the square which is equivalent to 100 square feet. The average roof is 1,000 to 1,500 square feet, or 10-15 squares.

Durability and Longevity:

Apart from the cost and appearance, a big factor in choosing the best roof is its durability. If you plan to stay in a home for a longer period of time, it is advisable to invest on your roof to avoid future repairs and expensive maintenance costs. Because roof installation is one of major costs in a home, it’s usually worth it to pay more for materials with longer life spans.

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