6 Things to Consider When Picking Your Roofing Shingles


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Is it time for a new roof? If so, consider all your roofing shingle options. Don't pick the shingle you've always picked because it's convenient or cheap. Make sure you pick the roofing shingle, after considering these six things, that's best for your situation.

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6 Things to Consider When Picking Your Roofing Shingles

  1. 1. 6 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN PICKING YOUR ROOFING SHINGLES Don’t pick the first shingle you see!
  2. 2. WHAT IS A ROOFING SHINGLE?  Your roof is made up of dozens of shingles that are sealed tightly together to form your roof. Most roofs today are made up of asphalt shingles, but the following list shows there are actually a variety of roofing shingles to choose from:  Metal shingles  Tile shingles  Wood shingles  Slate Shingles  With so many options, it’s important to know how to pick the right shingle for your home. If you want to make the right choice, make sure you consider these six things before purchasing shingles:
  3. 3. 1. COST  Asphalt tends to be the cheapest roofing shingle at $50 per 100 square feet and slate is definitely the most expensive at $800. Metal shingles start at $250 and tile is slightly more expensive than that. Make sure the shingle type you pick fits into your budget.
  4. 4. 2. ROOF TYPE  Do you have a steep roof or more of a flat roof? With steep roofs, the shingles are much more visible. With flat roofs, not so much. The fact that your shingles may or may not be that visible will definitely affect your choice.
  5. 5. 3. STYLE  Do you want to make a statement with your new roof or are you going purely for functionality? If you want your house to stand out (in a good way) go for something a little more unconventional. Slate and certain metal shingles are not only beautiful, but also uncommon and unique.
  6. 6. 4. ALGAE DISCOLORATION  Algae discoloration is common throughout the southern and eastern parts of the United States. If you live in these areas, make sure you pick a shingle that’s resistant to this. You can also pick a darker shingle so that the discoloration won’t be as obvious.
  7. 7. 5. LIFE SPAN  Certain shingles just last longer than others. Asphalt shingles only last 30 years while tile shingles can last up to 80 years. If you want a roof that will last a long time, go for the shingle that’s durable and high quality.
  8. 8. 6. COLOR  Picking the right color is often the most difficult part of this process. Each type of shingle usually comes in a variety of colors, and it’s important to pick the color that will match your home and your neighborhood. Make sure you pick a color that makes sense and isn’t too bold or overwhelming.
  9. 9. CONSIDER ALL YOUR OPTIONS  Whether you decide to move forward with terne metal roofing shingles or asphalt shingles, just remember that each type of roofing shingle has a style, color, and life span that you should be ok with before purchasing.  Certain shingles go better with certain roof types and home styles so be sure you’re picking the best roofing shingle for your home. It’s definitely worth it to consider your options when installing a new roof.
  10. 10. INSTALL A NEW ROOF TODAY!  If you’re interested in installing a new roof on your home, the best company to contact is Fine Metal Roof Tech. They offer a variety of metal shingles that interlock, which makes installation easy.  Fine Metal Roof Tech also provides all the metal roofing supplies you need for this project so that you’re equipped to meet every demand as you install the shingles on your roof.  Call (801) 462-5264 or visit finemetalrooftech.com today for a free quote or for more information about their metal shingles.