When you're ready to put on a new asphalt roof, you may be surprised by all your options. All the choices may seem overwhelming at first, but they allow you to choose the perfect look for your roof so it complements your home and property. Discuss all your options with your roofing contractor to see what's available and how much different shingles cost. You'll have three major decisions to make when it comes to buying new shingles. One very important choice is the quality of the shingles. Other choices include color and style. Here's a closer look your options.
Style Of The Shingles
You can choose asphalt shingles made with a fiberglass or traditional felt base. The fiberglass shingles are lighter and more durable. Plus they are less expensive. Shingles come in a classic three tab style or you can choose architectural shingles. The architectural shingles give your home character because the shingles are laminated to give them the appearance of depth. Another choice you can make when it comes to style is the shape of the edge. You can choose rectangular shingles or shingles with a scalloped edge that's perfect for a cottage or Victorian home.
You can buy asphalt shingles in just about any color you want. However, think about how the color matches your house paint and how it affects the appearance of your home. A light roof makes your home look larger. Plus, white reflects UV rays, so your home may be cooler too. A dark roof gives your home a more vintage, classic appearance. While you want a color that goes well with the exterior paint of your home, consider if you'll change the paint color in the coming years.
A neutral color may be the best choice so the shingles will match many colors of paint. Another option you have when it comes to shingle color is to buy shingles made to look like other roofing materials. You can buy shingles that look like real slate or wood shakes so you have the appearance of a much more luxurious roof.
Durability Of The Roofing Material
Asphalt shingles are available at different prices. The most durable are the most expensive. However, rather than judge the quality based on price alone, look for the length of the warranty. Shingles with long warranties are made tough so they last a long time. Also, check for ratings of the shingles for things like wind resistance and fire protection. While a high-quality roof costs more, you will have peace of mind the roof will withstand storms and last for many years.
Your roofing contractor will help you choose the best roof for your budget while taking your preferences for style and color into account. You may want a basic, traditional shingle roof if you plan to sell your home in a few years. If you plan to stay in your home the rest of your life, then investing in a high-quality roof could be the best choice.