How to find the right roof for your home

Finding a roofing material for your home is an important long-term decision to make and one that you need to feel confident in to ensure you’ve chosen a material that keeps you and your family safe. Making the right choice for your roof can save you from spending thousands of dollars on maintenance and repair costs, high energy bills, and even prevent you from needing to re-roof completely.

We know how challenging the search can be, but we’re here to help! That’s why we’ve simplified the process down to 4 simple steps so you can feel certain you are making an informed decision.


1. Look for a material that meets your needs

There are three main factors to consider when looking for a new roofing material: performance and durability, aesthetics, and cost.

  • Performance and durability – what climate are you in and what kind of weather will your roof need to endure? What kind of lifespan are you expecting for your roof?

Look into the performance ratings of the materials you are considering. Depending on the area you reside in, you may find that choosing a roofing material with a Class A fire rating is most important to you. Alternatively, the wind and impact resistance might be what helps you narrow down your options.

  • Aesthetics – What kind of material is common in your neighborhood? What style matches your home exterior? Are you looking to increase the value of your home with a premium product?

Replacing a natural cedar or slate roof with asphalt will diminish the aesthetics of the home as well as decrease its value. Replacing an old/failing premium roof with a material that maintains premium aesthetics while removing maintenance and performance issues is likely to add to a home’s value upon resale.

  • Cost – Are you looking for a low-cost roof with a shorter lifespan or a more premium option that lasts longer? Are you willing to pay for regular maintenance costs? Is spending more now worth it to save more later?

Most asphalt roofing systems have a low installation cost but have a lifespan of 10-15 years. Natural cedar roofs offer a 15-20 year life expectancy, but demand regular maintenance costs. Metal roofs offer a longer life expectancy with an even higher cost. Composite roofing systems offer up to a 50-year life expectancy with a premium cost.


2. Choose a color you like

Once you’ve chosen a material you’re happy with, it’s time for the fun part; choosing a color!

You’ll be looking at your roof every time you pull into your driveway so choosing a color that compliments your home is important, especially if you plan on selling the house in the future.

Here’s how to start: First, determine if the exterior of your home aligns with more of a warm or cool tone. Then you can focus on colors within the same tone for your roof. We recommend getting several trusted opinions before making a decision.

Request some samples of the colors you’re considering, use a roof visualizer tool like the one on our webpage, and talk to a product expert for more tips on choosing a color.

3. Find an installer that will get the job done right

No matter what material you choose for your roof, the installation will determine whether or not you’ll need repairs sooner than you were expecting. Finding a trusted and trained installer to get the job done right the first time will save you thousands of dollars in unnecessary repairs and ensure the product you’ve chosen lives up to its lifespan.

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4. Register your warranty

Your brand new roof is now installed and looks amazing! But wait, don’t forget to register your manufacturer’s warranty on the product to give you that extra reassurance that you will be covered if something happens to your roof within its guaranteed lifespan.

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Learn more about Enviroshake

A leader in the synthetic roofing industry, Enviroshake engineers and manufactures premium composite roofing tiles that authentically replicate the natural aesthetic of cedar and slate.

The proprietary composite blend provides a sustainable roofing solution to create products that are not only classically beautiful, but also unbeatably durable, safe, and long-lasting.

Make your dreams come true with any color you desire on your roof. Enviroshake offers custom colors to meet your needs as well as a wide selection of standard colors.

Try the Enviroshake roof visualization tool to experience how different colors and Enviroshake products can enhance your home’s aesthetic. Start by either uploading a photo of your own home or choosing a home with a similar exterior to yours and start making your dreams a reality.

With the highest ratings available in the roofing industry, Enviroshake offers Class A fire ratings, Class 4 impact ratings, and a wind resistance of 180mph/290km/h. Backed by a fully transferable limited lifetime warranty, Enviroshake provides long-lasting peace of mind to you and your family.

Talk to an Enviroshake expert to learn more about Enviroshake and find out if this is the right roofing material for your home.

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