You’ve decided it’s time to replace your shingles. Whether you have storm damage or your shingles have seen their day, there are many more shingles options today than ever before.
It can get overwhelming shopping for shingles. How do you choose the right shingles for your home?
Check out the tips below to guide you through the process.
Check out the Roof’s Steepness
You’d think any shingles could go on any type of roof, but the roof’s steepness affects your choices. If you have an excessively steep roof, some shingles may be too heavy for your roof and may limit your options.
Think of the Style
Different roofing options fit different styles. Do you have a modern or classic home? Are you going for a specific look or do you want to blend in with the neighbors? While standing out may feel good at first, it can get old after a while, so make sure the style blends well with the surroundings as well as the home itself. Remember, you don’t replace a roof more than once every 20 or so years, so make sure it’s a decision/look you can live with.
Know the Durability
Think about the elements your roof experiences. Is it very windy? Do you have a lot of sun exposure? Are there risks of severe storms? You want shingles that can withstand the elements and not crumble or fade under the sun’s exposure.
Think about energy efficiency too – especially if parts of your roof will receive direct sun exposure most of the day. Without energy-efficient shingles, parts of your home may feel excessively warm or cold throughout the day.
Choose the Type
Asphalt shingles are the most common. They are durable, budget-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing. Other options include wood, metal, slate, clay, and composite. Asphalt shingles work on just about any home, whereas the other options work best on specific types of homes.
For example, clay shingles do best on Spanish style homes and slate shingles are good for a rugged style and for homes that withstand large amounts of snow, such as homes in the Midwest.
Choose a Neutral Color
The roof’s color sets the tone for your home’s curb appeal. Choose a color that complements your home’s color. If you will replace or paint the siding in the near future, keep that in mind. Also, pay attention to the colors in the neighborhood. Curb appeal is a big part of your home’s appearance, so choose a color that fits in well while suiting your needs too.
Talk with a Professional
It’s best to get a professional opinion before choosing the right shingles for your home. A professional knows what the weather/elements are like in your area, what the neighborhood homes have, and what will look best and last the longest on your home. Choose your singles carefully – your home is one of the largest investments you’ll make, and the choice of shingles greatly affects its value and/or your selling price when you are ready to move.