The chore of choosing a roofing shingle for your house can be daunting. There are options for just about every budget and styles for every taste. There is also a wide variety of colors and designs to choose from. To make the task even more difficult, there are now metal roofing products that look like shingles, tile, shake, and slate.
So, where do you begin when deciding which type of shingles to purchase?
We recommend starting with cost. If you’re on a tight budget, the common 3-tab shingles are the least expensive. Most basic 3-tab asphalt roofing shingles, such as Owens Corning’s Supreme offer a modest warranty, and basic protection from the elements, such as wind and hail.
If you can spend a little more, consider an architectural/dimensional shingle, such as Owens Corning’s Duration line which offers better wind and weather protection, and a longer warranty. Architectural/dimensional shingles also offer more style than your basic 3-tab shingle.
If you’re more concerned about appearance and you don’t mind spending even more, consider a designer/luxury shingle, like Owens Corning’s Berkshire or Woodmoor shingles. These designer shingles still offer protection from high winds and a limited lifetime warranty, yet gives your house a little more character and curb appeal.
If longevity is your primary concern, and you have bottomless pockets, checkout Boral Roofing’s or Decra’s steel shingles. They’re look like asphalt shingles from a distance, but they’re really made of steel. These products give the appearance of modern, traditional, urban home but with the longevity and strength of a steel roof.
With all the roofing shingle options available today, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. If you need the least expensive shingle, get a 3-tab shingle. If your house is in a nicer neighborhood and nobody around you has 3-tab shingles, consider an architectural or designer shingle since they’re an upgrade from 3-tab and will bring more value to your home.