For many homeowners choosing a new roof can be an overwhelming process. Most only need one or two roof replacements in the time they own their homes. And, because things change, what they learned the first time they bought a new roof may not apply today. These steps can help make the process of choosing the right color, style and product a bit easier.

Start with the Right Material

Although many HOAs require asphalt roofing, it’s not the only option. Today’s homeowners often look for a more environmentally friendly roofing material or one that will last longer than an asphalt shingle. Metal roofing is a great option, it lasts for decades and at the end of its life your roofer can recycle it. Today’s metal roofing comes in many styles and colors. Cement tile is another product growing in popularity because it too lasts for decades and can be recycled. Today’s cement tile comes in styles that mimic slate and shake roofing.

Slate and wood shake are still options some homeowners choose, and come with their own pros and cons. Slate will last longer than virtually any other roofing product and is fire and pest resistant. However, it takes a skilled roofer to properly install and is heavy which may mean you need your roof reinforced before installation. It also has a fairly high cost to maintain. Wood shake takes a lot to install and maintain as well but also lasts longer than asphalt shingles.


If you’re considering tile, metal or asphalt, you’ll need to choose from a wide array of colors. The best way to get started is to look at homes with similar colors as your own and see what different roofs look like. If that doesn’t help, consider your home’s current look. If it’s neutral, add a pop of color to the roof. If your home has lots of color, keep the roof neutral. If you’re not planning on replacing your trim or gutters, you may want to factor those into your color considerations.


Today’s asphalt shingles come in styles that mimic many roofing types. You should choose yours based on the style of your home. If you’re considering another roofing material, your options are more limited. You want the style of your roof to add to the style of your home, not awkwardly stand out.

The Right Installer Matters Too!

If you don’t choose the right roofing company to install your new roof, no matter how much you love the color and style, you’re going to be disappointed. Peak Roofing Contractors has the experience to get your roof installed right. Call us today at (703) 753-4585 to learn why Peak Roofing is the leading northern Virginia roofing company.

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