There are so many different types of roof shingles out there, and to be honest, you normally don’t pay attention to the differences. After all, a house is a house and a roof is a roof. But now, suddenly, you have a new roof installation project on your hands, and you need to know a thing or two about shingle roofing! Furthermore, your contractor is asking you to choose which shingle you would like for your roof so that they can source the materials for you and get started on the construction. Where do you even begin to choose a shingle type? Start with these few points to consider.
This can sometimes be a very wild estimate, but it’s as good a place as any to start. You can make a rough estimation of the number of tiles you need by following these steps. First, take a tape measure and take down the measurements of the length and width of your roof area. Multiply them together to get a gauge of the square footage. Add another 10 or 20 percent to factor in the slope of the roof, as well as potential wastage or broken tiles. At the end of this exercise, you would have a number that you can use to multiply by the type of shingle you end up choosing.
Different shingles are made of different materials, and this will affect the cost, as well as the quality. What would you consider to be the best balance of value for your home needs? A cheaper option like the asphalt shingle would only last 10 to 20 years, but a slate one that would last 100 years might put your entire family in debt. Decide based on all the factors you have to consider, such as weather conditions in your area or aesthetic function, which type of shingle you would prefer to get.
Shingle color also affects not just aesthetics, but other things like the temperature of the house. Light shingles can reflect light and heat away during hot seasons, but darker ones retain warmth during cold seasons. Depending on your climate, you can choose which color you would prefer your shingles to come in. Most shingles can come in various colors, for example, even wood shingles can be stained to take on a darker wood appearance, but materials like slate may not vary much in shade.
The building materials would usually come with a five-year warranty after installation to cover any defective products that fail out of no fault of yours. However, the workmanship is also very important, because the warranty would then cover their labor costs for repairs should any unexpected issue come up after installation. Work with a contractor whom you feel you can trust, and which comes with the right licenses and credentials. This contractor would also likely have a good sense of which are the best types of shingles to recommend on the market.