Things to Consider When Choosing a Roof Color

Things to Consider When Choosing a Roof Color

A new roof offers a chance to change the overall look of your home while adding protection. There is a wide variety of colors and styles to choose from, which can be exciting. However, replacing your roof is a major purchase and your decision is one you will have to live with for many years. It is important too that your choice blends with the rest of the house and your natural surroundings and accomplishes your desired goals.

How to Choose the Right Roof Color

  1. Dark vs. Light Colored Roofs

Homes with darker materials will retain more heat. Lighter colored roofs will reflect the sun’s rays more efficiently, keeping the home cooler in the summer. Lighter roof colors will also give the home an overall brighter look. Darker colors will give your home a more dramatic look. Consider both your taste and your climate as you choose your color.

One of our roofing experts would be happy to help you select the perfect color and style that is aesthetically pleasing and fits your taste.

  1. Match your exterior features.

Consider the color of the exterior of your home and think about how they will blend with your chosen roof color. This includes the siding or stucco color, shutters, gazebo, flower boxes, etc. They all should work together. Evaluate how much of your new roof will be visible from your backyard. If you are an outdoors type of family, spending time in your pool or on the patio, grilling in the summer, then consider your roof an element of your exterior decoration. How will those shingle colors blend with your current landscape?

Color coordinate your roof with colors found elsewhere in the bricks, siding, stone, stucco, or trim on your home. As an example, a darker colored roof can look good with a gray or blue house, while a brown, cream or tan colored house can look better with brown shingles or a mix of cream and brown. Green, red, yellow, or other color homes have more flexibility and can be accented by brown, gray, or black roof colors.

  1. Consider your architectural style.

Consider the style of your home when choosing a roof color. Is your home Spanish, Mediterranean, Colonial, Cape Cod, Country French, Victorian, Tudor, or Contemporary? Many Spanish or Mediterranean style homes look great with tile roofing. A more traditional Colonial or Cape Cod style home with a shingle roof will look best with either an earth tone or grey depending on the color of the home.

  1. Neighborhood Considerations.

If you live in a subdivision with a homeowner’s association, you may be restricted by rules and by-laws governing your association. Check the homeowner association’s guidelines before choosing a color. In addition, if you live in a neighborhood (even if there are no restrictions) it is advisable to consider your color choice in context with your nearest neighbor’s roof. You would not want it to match exactly or worse, clash with your neighbor’s roof color.

The experts at Harlan Quality Roofing can help you decide which color and style roof will fit your tastes after considering all these factors. Ultimately, we want you to be happy with your decision for many years to come. Contact us to learn more or if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Why It’s Important to Hire a Local Roofing Contractor in Sacramento

Why It’s Important to Hire a Local Roofing Contractor in Sacramento

Your house is an important investment, and your roof is a vital component of that investment. Whether you need a full roof replacement or simply some repairs to problem areas of your roof, hiring a quality local roofing contractor is very important.

The Importance of Hiring a Quality Local Roofing Company

Working with a quality local roofing contractor is the first and most important step in making sure your roofing project begins correctly. A good local roofer will know all the required installation codes to follow, any paperwork that is required, and will carefully guide the project through to a successful installation in compliance with state requirements. While codes and compliance may not be high on your priority list today, it will be when your sell your home!

Another important reason to source your roofing needs from a local company is availability should any problems arise in the years following your roof repair or installation. There are many contractors who come into an area from out of state, undercut the local roofing companies, and put up signs advertising the work being done in your neighborhood, attracting your attention as well as your neighbors. The work is done quickly and poorly, with no warranty on their workmanship. Once the workers leave, that out-of-town company is no longer accessible by phone. That is why local and      established roofing companies far outweigh the potential cost savings!

What to Look for in a Local Roofing Contractor

Here are the important questions to ask before you invest tens of thousands of dollars in your roof.

  • Is the roofing company licensed, bonded, and insured?
  • How long has the roofing contractor been in business?
  • Does the roofing contractor offer warranties on their workmanship?
  • Is the contractor certified by roofing manufacturers?
  • Can you easily reach the roofing company by phone?
  • Does the roofing contractor have local working address vs. a P.O. box or out-of-state address?
  • Is the owner of the roofing company available to answer your questions or concern?
  • Does the roofing contractor have positive reviews? And more than just a handful?

In general, if a roofing company has been in business for many years, has a lot of solid reviews, stands behind their workmanship, and is certified by roofing manufacturers for the installation of the roofing shingles you have chosen, then you will benefit from a long-lasting roof for your home that will look and perform for many years to come.

Are you Ready to Hire a Local Roofing Contractor?

At Harlan Quality Roofing, we have been providing excellent roofing products and the best roofing services to greater Sacramento since 2005. Check out what our happy customers are saying about our professional approach to the installation or repair of your roof.      Call us today for a free estimate and consultation.

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Tips for Hiring the Best Roof Repair Company in Sacramento

Tips for Hiring the Best Roof Repair Company in Sacramento

Your roof is the most important aspect of your home. Not only does it keep you and your belongings sheltered from the elements, but it also protects the rest of the structure as well. When there is a problem with your roof that is not addressed right away, it could cause damage to other parts of your home and potentially danger to you and your family.

Let’s Uncover some Tips for Finding the Best Roofing Repairs in Sacramento

Start with Friends and Family

If any of your local friends or family members have had a successful roofing project completed recently, ask them about their experience. If any of them had a roofing project that they were happy about, then ask them to share the roofing contractor details.

If your family is out of state and your friends have not engaged with a roofer recently, then broaden your search using the internet. Google local search will help you not only find qualified roofing companies in your area but will also share reviews with you so you can find a roofer that has a great reputation in your area.

Connect with Previous Clients

Once you have identified a couple outstanding roofing candidates that you would like to work with, check out their websites, read testimonials, and search the company online to find all of their reviews, how long they have been in business, and what their primary services are. The worst mistake you can make is to hire a company that has great reviews but not for the products and services that you are intending to purchase.

Check BBB Ratings

The Better Business Bureau is a great place to research a company’s credibility. The BBB has a record of all the complaints that are filed against a service provider. You can learn a lot about a company’s reputation using the BBB website.

Licensed and Insured

Always check that your chosen roofing company is properly licensed and insured. Having proper insurance is important so that you know if there are any damages or injuries during your roofing project, your roofing contractor is able to cover the costs and liability. Most reputable roofing companies will post their license on their website or will share that information with you upon request. Do your due diligence and check before you commit.

Only the Best

At Harlan Roofing, we believe that the best roofing projects begin with the best materials. They are completed using the most highly trained installers and they are complemented by dedicated staff that make sure your questions and concerns are promptly handled.

For a great customer experience from a licensed and insured Sacramento roofing company, contact Harlan Roofing. See our reviews and testimonials of what our clients are saying about their roof repairs and new roof projects!

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For Quality and Service… You’re in the Right Neighborhood!


Is Your Roofer Trustworthy? How You Can Know for Sure

Is Your Roofer Trustworthy? How You Can Know for Sure

The roof over your head is not only a key component in protecting you and your loved ones, but it is an expensive component of your home to replace. Trusting the roofing contractor who is about to tear off your old roof and install a new one is extremely important. The contents of your home and your overall comfort depend on a job well done. How can you know for sure if your roofer is qualified and trustworthy?

Good Business Practices

A reputable roofing company will have history in the community, a physical address in the location they serve, a current license in the state, and adequate insurance covering property damage, personal liability, and worker compensation.

Great Reputation

There are many ways to check on the reputation a roofing company has in the local community.  Start with the Better Business Bureau, look for customers reviews online, and ask to speak with past customers to determine their level of satisfaction with the roofer’s services.

Certifications & Partnerships with Roofing Manufacturers

In order to gain certifications and partnerships with the top manufacturers in the roofing industry, a roofing company has to go through a rigorous qualification process. The roofing manufacturer wants to be sure the roofer will install their products to specification to meet the warranties offered. In addition to product warranties, reputable roofing companies (such as Harlan Roofing) offer warranties on their workmanship.

Don’t trust your home, family, and belongings to the cheapest bid. Take the time to investigate the contractor and find a roofing company you can truly trust. Whether it is repairs or a complete replacement, you will be happier with the outcome from a company that you trust and is dedicated to highest quality work.

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Top Tips for Finding a Trusted Roofer

Top Tips for Finding a Trusted Roofer

Your roofing is an important, if not overlooked, asset of your home. However, roofing is a dangerous job, so it is important that the whole project runs smoothly. Finding a trusted roofer is a big part of the success of your repair or replacement.

The biggest challenge faced by homeowners is to find the right company for the job. Search the internet for Sacramento roofer and you will find there are plenty of results. But who do you trust? How do you make the right choice? What should the evaluation criteria be?

Below we share our top tips for finding the trusted roofer to help you with your roofing needs:

Roofing Recommendations

Some of the best recommendations are word of mouth. Local friends, family members and neighbors can steer you in a positive direction. There is a very high chance that if a roofer worked on your sister’s house in a neighboring area, or your close neighbor just had their roof replaced and they are super happy, then you will be too. Don’t miss the opportunity to ask locals for a reliable contact.

Roofing Review

If you are new to your area and just establishing yourself, perhaps the recommendations are coming up short. The next useful place to find reliable roofing companies is through online reviews. Reputable roofers are happy to share their success stories and so are their customers. Look online an find a roofer who has great reviews and customer testimonials.


Before you hire a roofing contractor, check credentials. How long have they been in business, what is their BBB rating, and are they properly licensed and insured are all questions you should ask. A quality roofing company will display this information on their website or be happy to supply when asked.

Ask Questions

Roof repair, and especially roof replacement is expensive. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and feel comfortable about everything related to your roofing project. Having the answers will help you feel confident about your decision and can help set your expectations about the job ahead.

We hope these tips help you to find a trusted roofing company that goes above and beyond in customer satisfaction and quality. If you are in the Sacramento area, we invite you to check out our work, our reviews, and our wonderful testimonials. We will help you feel comfortable about our delivery and give you the quality service you are looking for!

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For Quality and Service… You’re in the Right Neighborhood!

Did Your Roofer Do a Good Job?

Did Your Roofer Do a Good Job?

One of the most expensive aspects of home maintenance is the roof. It is also the most critical components of the home. Its integrity is important to your comfort and its appearance is integral to the beauty of your home. Maybe a poorly repaired roof won’t look bad, but when the winds and rains of Sacramento winters descend, will you be dry and comfortable? How do you know, when the weather is nice, that your roofer did a good job?

Roofing Underlayment

Quality underlayment is an important barrier in the protection layers that comprise your overall roofing system. Make sure the underlayment is part of the overall project and that the underlayment is being installed as your roof installation progresses. If your roofer is not using underlayment, water leaks are likely to occur. The new synthetic underlayment is now up to 40% stronger than older felt-paper underlayment and will not break down as easily. This important component is not to be overlooked.

Roof Appearance

Let’s continue our inspection with the overall roof appearance. Are the shingles uniform throughout? A sagging roofline or shingles that are uneven are a red flag that you have been the victim of a sub-standard roofing job.

Roof Flashing

We cannot stress enough the importance of flashing. A good roofer will use plenty of flashing around leak-prone areas such as pipes, vents, or chimneys. Some roof protrusions require both step flashing and counterflashing to be fully effective. Flashing shortcuts include roof cement or caulks which will work well for a while but will not last long term.

About Harlan Roofing

Discover what a quality roofing job means from the first phone call for an estimate. Harlan Roofing will show you what a job well-done is like. Call us when quality and superior workmanship are your measure of success.

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For Quality and Service… You’re in the Right Neighborhood!