A Homeowner’s Guide to Choosing the Right Roof Shingle Type

Are you a homeowner in search of roof replacement services? Replacing your roof is a major and inevitable investment in your home. The average roof has a lifespan of 15 years, depending on the brand, materials, and external factors involved. 

Top shingle brands offer homeowners a wide variety of styles, types, and color options. So, how do you choose the best shingle type for your home?

The best shingles are durable, properly installed, and carry extensive product warranties. The right shingles should meet your unique home style and budget needs. In the following informational guide, we explore the numerous factors involved in choosing the best shingles for your next roof replacement project. 

How to Choose the Best Roof Materials 

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The best roofing materials are built to withstand the elements. Asphalt is the most commonly utilized home roofing material due to its low cost and impressive durability. Asphalt roof shingles are installed in strips, also known as 3-tab shingles. 

Shingles can also be made from clay, wood, or various other materials. These upgraded shingles are heavier, more durable, and offer extended warranties. 

Always check with a roofing expert before making any major decision regarding your home roof. Some types of shingle materials are not well-suited for your home due to the slope and/or pitch of the roof. 

It is also crucial that you choose a shingle manufacturer that you can trust to provide high-quality craftsmanship. The best roof shingle brands include GAF®, Owens Corning®, Tamko®, and more. These brands offer traditional 3-tab asphalt shingles, as well as architectural and luxury lines. 

How to Choose the Best Roof Shingle Color

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Choosing the best shingle color can be stressful for many individuals. Your roof accounts for nearly half of the exterior appearance of your home. Many homeowners choose to reinstall the same color shingle to prevent dissatisfaction with a new selection. The majority of these individuals regret this decision.

Invest in home roof shingles that showcase your family’s unique preferences and style. Roof shingles are available in a variety of colors, ranging from deep earth tones to bold, vibrant color options.

Consider Siding, Trim, Shutters, Etc. 

Consider the overall appearance of your home when deciding which shingle color would provide the most aesthetic value. Choose a shingle color that complements your current siding, brick, trim, shutters, etc. 

Ask for Large Shingle Color Samples

After choosing a shingle brand you should review the manufacturer’s website for the full list of shingle color options that are available. Ask your contractor to bring these samples with them to your roofing assessment to save time. 

Assess Lighting Conditions

Roof shingle colors may vary under different lighting conditions.  Take color samples outdoors and examine them during different times of the day, including in the morning, afternoon, and evening. 

Consider Your Current Shingle Color

Are you satisfied with the current color of your home roof? Speak with a professional roofing contractor for help finding an identical or similar color to your existing roof. If not, do not be shy in voicing your color ideas.

Upgrade to High-End Designer Shingles

High-end designer shingles offer consumers an increased number of styles and color options. For example, TruDefinition® Duration Designer Shingles are available in an extensive number of vibrant color options. These premium-grade architectural shingles are available in Merlot, Summer Harvest, and more. 

Compare price differences between different types of shingle materials and colors when making this major decision. Oftentimes, there is only a slight price difference between regular and designer shingles.

Review Shingle Warranties

Always review applicable warranty information regarding potential shingle options. Reliable roofing companies will replace your roof shingles for free during the duration of your warranty. You will still be entitled to a lesser amount of coverage in the event that your warranty expires.

You may also be able to transfer your warranty in the event that you decide to sell your home. A new roof that is still under warranty could be a potential selling point for many Florida homebuyers. 

Homeowners in certain areas should invest in roof shingles that offer extended and/or additional warranties. For example, algae protection in humid climates. 

Before Replacing Your Roof 

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Is your roof in need of repair or replacement? Florida homes are regularly exposed to the elements, including strong winds and heavy rain.  These storm systems can result in excessive damage to your home roof, including curling and/or buckling shingles

Schedule an assessment with a reputable roofing company before making any major roofing decision. A reliable roof installation company will inspect and provide you with an honest evaluation of the condition of your roof. A total roof replacement may not be in your best interest, depending on the extent of the damages. 

Experienced Roofing Contractors

High-quality roofing materials and trustworthy craftsmanship are essential elements of roof replacement services. Choose a team of experienced, reliable, and skilled contractors to help you achieve the ideal roof. 

The Roof Guys have been providing Florida homeowners with reliable and experienced contracting services for nearly 20 years. The Roof Guys offers free estimates, roofing inspections, repairs, and total replacement services. 

Reach out today and allow a team of experienced contractors to help you complete your next roofing project.  Call 1-866-259-2364 to schedule your appointment for a free estimate.



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