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How to Choose the Right Roofing Shingles

Date: June 2022

 1. Your Budget

Your roof may be one of the most significant purchases you make in your home, and shingles come in an array of styles to suit any budget. It is also valuable to know that a new roof can increase the value of your home by an average of 10%*.

*Estimated increase from GAF survey conducted in 2019

2. Durability

Durability is one of the most important factors to consider when reroofing. Typical asphalt shingles last for approximately 15-30 years and are the most popular roofing material. However, be sure not to choose the cheapest material you can find because these products are often subpar and could cost you more money in the long run for replacement or repairs.

Additionally, some newer shingles such as many of the ones produced by GAF can offer warranties of up to 50 years depending on the contractor. GAF offers many different styles and colours for every type of home and location across North America so you can be sure that you are finding the right shingle for you.

3. Curb Appeal

Roofs are an important and often overlooked aspect of a home’s appearance, so selecting the right colour/style of shingle is important. Often local contactors are the best guide in helping you decide what style of shingle would work best for your unique home.

Colour is an important factor into your curb appeal so always consider a colour that complements your house or neighbourhood. Neutral colours are usually a safe bet if you don’t have a preference. Some of the more popular colours/shades include Weathered Wood, Charcoal, Gray, Barkwood, and Shakewood.

There are three different types of asphalt/Fibreglass shingles that are most common: 3-tab shingles, Architectural shingles, and Designer shingles.

                3-tab Shingles

This is the simplest type of roofing shingle and usually lies flat against the roof. These shingles are sometimes called “strip” shingles as they’re built from a single layer of asphalt.

               Architectural Shingles

An architectural shingle, also known as a “dimensional” or “laminate” shingle is made of multiple layers of asphalt fused together. As a result, the surface has a richer, multidimensional appearance to wood or slate roofing.

               Designer Shingles

A designer shingle typically offers high-end multidimensional designs, superior weather resistance, and maximum energy efficiency. These types of shingles offer the most authentic appearance of old-world roofing materials.

For a full guide of the shingle services Findlay Roofing specializes in click here.

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