A new roof isn’t something you invest in every year, which is why you want to make sure that the one you choose—the shingle type, style, and color—will be suited to your needs and preferences.
1. Choose the Right Type of Shingle
One of the first things you’ll have to decide is what type of shingles you want for your roof. Greenawalt Roofing has the option between Certainteed Landmark shingles and TAMKO Heritage shingles.
2. Select the Style of Shingle and Features That Will Be Best
Factors to take into account include:
Appearance: How much dimension do you want your shingles to have? Architectural shingles are designed to provide a shadow effect that gives your roof an ultra-dimensional look.
Algae Defence: If you live in an algae-prone area, look for shingles that feature built-in guards against discolouration.
Fire Protection: To keep your home and everything in it safe, your shingles should have a Class A fire rating (the most effective against severe exposure).
Don’t forget to think about environmental conditions as well. If you live in an area that tends to get buffered by high winds or dumped with snow, your shingles need to be ready to stand up to the challenges Mother Nature has in store for them.
3. Find the Ideal Color
After you know the type and style of shingle you want, it’s time to choose the color. It sounds simple at the start, but don’t be surprised if this is the hardest part of the process:
Think about Your Home’s Aesthetics: While one type of shingle might work on a Tudor-style home, you might find that it clashes with other fashions (like Ranch or Colonial).
Don’t Forget Curb Appeal: If you might be selling your home in the next few years, going with a neutral color for your shingles is a good way to keep your roof current. Don’t be afraid to add some flare with a more striking pallet, though, if that suits your home’s overall personality.
Survey Your Neighborhood: Does one of your neighbors have a roof that catches your eye? Ask them what type of shingles they have and who installed them. Knowing what your neighbors have can also make it easier to figure out what unique routes you can take if you want your house to stand out.
Keep in mind that if your home is part of an association, there might be rules in place surrounding appropriate shingle colors.
In addition to speaking with your roofer about what will look best on your home and roof, you can also use online tools like the Certainteed Colorview or TAMKO StyleSelect. These tools help you explore different color combinations before visualizing them on your own home.
Whatever type and color of shingles you choose, the key is to find ones that are well matched to your home and will deliver lasting performance for many years to come.