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Roofing: How to Pick the Right Shingle [video]

Posted on Mon, Jun 25, 2012

Roofing shingles improve the curb appeal of your home

Choosing the right roofing shingle for your home involves more than color selection.  After all, this is an investment in protecting your home and family from the harsh elements of Mother Nature.  Roofing shingles have evolved in the past years in both style and colors which gives you more options in improving the curb appeal of your home.  In addition, technology has improved the durability and weather ability of shingles giving you more selection in the quality of shingle.


Shingle Integrity

There are important criteria that make up each shingles level of durability.  These include wind resistance, algae resistance, life expectancy of the shingle and the warranty that backs both the shingle and the workmanship.  As each of these criteria can vary from shingle to shingle, it is important to take into consideration your own climate and typical weather events.  Wind resistance can vary from 60mph to 130 mph, algae resistance can vary from 5 to 15 years and life expectancy can vary from 5 years on up.  Warranties for both the shingles and workmanship can be anywhere from 5 years to limited lifetime warranty.  The important point with any warranty is to make sure that all the guidelines have been followed to ensure you are covered.



Roofing covers approximately 30% of the area seen when looking at your house from the street or driveway.  Therefore, it really is an important design consideration in the overall curb appeal of your home.  There are a few various elements in the styling of shingles.  First there is shape.  The most popular shingle on the market today is rectangular.  Within the rectangular shingle panels are a couple of options.  If you prefer a smooth looking roof then you might consider the old style 3 tab shingles but if you are looking for something more dimensional than an architectural shingle is for you.  Looking for the look and shape of natural slate?  There is a shingle that is shaped to look like slate with an angular shape along the bottom.



Color!  This is the part where you could really change the overall curb appeal of your home.  It is also the part which can be the scariest because it can really change the overall curb appeal of your home!  When choosing your color, take into account the overall exterior design of the house and the current color scheme or perhaps a newly inspired color scheme.  It is often easier to work from the perspective of what will not work as opposed to trying to pick one that will work from the start.  So, start by eliminating the obvious “won’t work” and work your way down to two or three choices.  Chances are that any one of those choices would work well; it is now just a matter of personal preference.        




Tags: Curb Appeal, Roofing, Shingles, Design