How should you choose asphalt shingles for your home's new roof? Talk to a residential roofing contractor about your options, and take a look at the top questions to ask before you invest in asphalt.
Do You Want Asphalt Shingles?
Before you start the asphalt selection process, ask yourself if this type of shingle is right for your home. Along with obvious aesthetic issues, ask a residential roofing contractor whether this type of material makes sense for your home's architectural style and your area's local climate. While asphalt is versatile and durable, the roofer may recommend another material for your home and region.
What Design Style Do You Want?
Now that you've decided on asphalt shingles, it's time to take the next step and choose a style. The two primary styles include three-tab strip shingles and laminated dimensional shingles. Strip shingles, or three-tab shingles, have tabs on the lower edges. These are affordable and easy to apply. Laminated dimensional shingles are also known as architectural shingles. This type of shingle offers texture and, when layered, creates a three-dimensional look.
Each style has pros and cons. The decision to use three-tab or architectural shingles depends on several factors, including your personal preference, the contractor's recommendation, the product itself, your exterior style goals, maintenance abilities, the desired durability, and your home improvement budget.
How Long Will Asphalt Shingles Last?
You want a durable roof that you won't have to replace in the near future. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), three-tab asphalt shingles have a 20-year life expectancy and the architectural version can last for up to 30 years.
What Color Should You Choose?
Asphalt shingles are available in a variety of colors. While this roofing material doesn't come in every color of the rainbow, you can choose from a wide range of hues. Traditional style homes may need a neutral roof palette. Asphalt shingles in grey, brown, or tan shades create a classic look that takes on a traditional tone.
Along with neutrals, asphalt shingles are also available in fashion-forward colors (depending on the brand). If your home has red, blue, or green accents, you can choose shingle hues to match the exterior. These colors pop or stand out, adding to your home's overall curb appeal.
Should You Mix Colors?
You don't have to choose one color of shingle. Some manufacturers create multi-colored shingles to mix and match. A blend of colors adds visual interest to your home and may coordinate with multiple paints or exterior material hues.