How to Buy the Right Type of Roofing Shingles
Climate and budget will determine your selection
By Glyn Sheridan
Your roof should provide protection from the elements while offering a pleasing design element that complements your home's overall style. Roofing shingles come in many types to suit your needs and your budget. The climate in the area where you live will play a part in selecting the right type of roofing. In addition, you'll also need to consider cost, installation method, design factor, roof structure and energy efficiency.
- What You Need to Know
- Check building codes that affect your shingle choice or restrictions by homeowner associations.
- Before you hire a roofing contractor, check his or her references.
Select from a variety of colors when choosing composite shingles -- the most common type of shingle found on homes in the United States. Composite shingles are budget-friendly and they are relatively simple for a roofing contractor to install. You may select composite shingles with additional hail protection if you live in an area where strong storms occur frequently.
Choose corrugated metal roofing if you live in a region with heavy winter snows. The slick, metallic surface allows snow to slide off the roof, reducing the weight burden and minimizing the likelihood of leaks as the snow melts. In addition, metal roofing is durable and can withstand hail and heavy winds.
Select slate roofing tiles if you want a long lasting shingle with great durability, Slate tiles are more expensive than composite shingles or metal roofing but they add a touch of style and distinction to high-end homes. Before the contractor installs slate tiles, make sure the roof structure is sufficient to hold the additional weight; slate is very heavy.
Purchase terra cotta or cement tile shingles for a strong roof that provides protection against hail and gale force winds. Like slate roofing, these masonry tile shingles add substantial weight to the roof but many brands come with a lifetime warranty when installed to manufacturer's specifications.
Include solar shingles in your roof if you're looking for energy savings or to conserve resources. Like traditional solar panels, solar shingles are photovoltaic, meaning they absorb light from the sun and convert it into energy you can use. Solar shingles are more costly than traditional shingles but they blend smoothly into the roofline without distracting from the surface.
About the Author
Glyn Sheridan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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