Residential roofs cover a broad range of materials and styles. The key to choosing the best roofing material depends on cost, durability, aesthetics and the style of your home. Here are key points to consider for deciding on roofing materials and services.
Matching Shingle Style with Home Style
Before deciding on your roofing material, consider the condition of your roof and what it already includes, such as chimneys, skylights, vents, and other protrusions. Then allow a professional inspector to thoroughly examine your roof to see what needs to be repaired or replaced. Once you decide on installing a new roof, think about your home’s color and style. The three main types of asphalt shingles are:
- traditional 3-tab
- dimensional or laminate
Owens Corning Asphalt Shingles span a variety of colors and styles such as traditional 3-tab shingles. Asphalt shingles come in different sizes with a standard thickness of 3/16 inches and are usually rectangular. Architectural shingles are thicker and made of a higher grade of asphalt. Other common materials used to make shingles include wood and metal, which withstand severe weather.
Pros and Cons of Specific Shingle Styles
The three primary types of asphalt shingles are made of similar materials. One of the reasons 3-tab shingles are still popular is they are among the most affordable and last a few decades. The main problems are they can be blown off by strong winds and there isn’t much flexibility with aesthetic considerations.
Dimensional and luxury shingles cost more but provide better aesthetic options and are more durable than 3-tab shingles. Dimensional shingles are popular because they last 30 years or longer with long warranties and project a multi-dimensional texture. Luxury shingles, which replicate slate and cedar, provide the best quality in terms of appearance and durability. However, they weigh more, which might not be appropriate for your home.
Choosing the Right Contractor
One of the biggest mistakes a homeowner can make about maintenance or renovation is trusting someone who lacks proper training, certification, tools, and insurance. Working with an experienced professional roofing company will ensure the work is done right the first time.
As a Platinum Preferred Contractor, we are recognized in the roofing industry for high-quality workmanship, service and extensive training. Contact us here at Perfection Roofing, Inc. to learn more about how we can help you decide on the most appropriate designs for your roof.