Guidelines for choosing the right roofing shingles

September 22, 2014

Find helpful tips for selecting the right materials for your roofing project in this style guide for roofing shingles.
Is it time to re-roof your house? Are you thinking about using asphalt shingles that will add more appeal and value to your home? Read on before you make a final decision.

Guidelines for choosing the right roofing shingles

Which type of shingle should I use?

There are many factors to consider when picking an asphalt shingle. Is your home subject to extreme temperatures or high winds? Are you concerned with appearance or simply want the lowest cost? What is the slope of your roof? From the basic three-tab to higher-end specialty shingles, you have many options.

Traditional three-tab shingles

The basic three-tab shingle is still the most popular and most affordable. The three-tab option is available in a wide range of colours depending on the brand and manufacturer. There are typically three levels of quality based on the warranty period – 20-year, 25-year and 30-year shingles. If you have a low-slope roof, between four inches of rise to 12 inches or roof (4:12), three-tab is a good choice.

Architectural / laminated shingles

Do you want your home to stand out? Do you have a steep pitched roof that is more visible from the ground? Architectural shingles have tabs of various shapes and sizes to create a unique, three-dimensional look. In fact, some even imitate the look of natural wood and slate.

While warranties can vary, you can expect a 30-year guarantee (some manufacturers now offer a limited lifetime warranty). These shingles are not only more attractive, but also offer better wind resistance. Of course, the added features will cost more. Additionally, architectural shingles are typically not recommended for slopes under 4:12.

Keep in mind, manufacturers offer a variety of specialty or designer shingles.

Picking a colour is not always easy

Trying to pick a colour from a brochure or a computer screen is probably not the way to go. The colour will not only reflect your own personal taste but should complement the colour of your home. It’s a good idea to drive around and take notes of the different combinations of shingles, siding and brick your neighbours have used. Once you’ve made a decision, ask to see an actual shingle sample to see how it looks with the other elements of your home.

This roofing style guide should give you plenty to think about for your upcoming project. Keep in mind, your trusted local roofing contractor should be able to advise you on what is best for your home, and your budget.

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