How to Choose a Roof: 12 Important Factors to Consider


There are many factors that you should consider when selecting a roof, including:


How does the roof look with your home’s architecture and exterior?  How does it fit into the neighborhood you live in?


What is the full price for the roof, including installation, materials, and any other work such as gutters, skylights, and other materials that are required?

Homeowners association (HOA)

You should make sure your roof is approved by your HOA.   If it is not approved, you can potentially go to your HOA Board to receive approval. If you need assistance getting HOA approval contact us at 844-974-9196.

Life expectancy and durability

What is the expected life of the roof?  How will the appearance of the roof hold up over time?  How will the roof material hold up over time? Can the contractor show you other roofs of that age that you can you can drive by and look at?


How long is the warranty?  What is covered by the warranty, including: material defects, labor, and other costs? Is the warranty prorated over time?  Can the warranty be transferred to future homeowners?  If it can be transferred, how many times and for how long can it be transferred?

Hail or impact resistance

If you live in an area that experiences hail storms, you should consider a hail or impact resistant roof.  These roofs will generally not be damaged or destroyed by all but the most extreme hail storms.  

Insurance discounts

You may be able to receive discounts on your homeowners insurance policy, depending on the type of roof you put on.  Check with your insurance company to determine the amount.

Fire resistance

In high fire areas or zones that border on wilderness areas, fire resistance is critical.  This can be achieved through fire resistant roof materials or underlayment.  Some communities in high fire areas now require fire resistant roof materials. 

Maintenance costs

What is the expected annual maintenance costs for the new roof?  Some roofs will require regular cleaning or treatment to maintain the roof and prevent it from deteriorating over time

Mold or mildew resistant

Roofs that are mold or mildew resistant are important in high humidity and salt air environments.


In high wind areas, you will want to check the wind rating for the roof to make sure it will stand up to the wind.


There are times that roof repairmen or other workers (such as for satellite dishes) may need to walk on your roof.  You will want a roof that they can walk on without breaking shingles or tiles.  It is strongly advised that homeowners do not walk on their roofs for safety reasons.

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