When it comes to roofing, many homeowners never even consider the type or brand of shingles used when the house was built, or when it’s time for roof replacement. Of course, the quality of the installation is important for keeping your roofing intact and protecting your home, but quality work doesn’t improve a poor-quality product. Here are a few reasons why the shingles you use make a difference:
- Granule loss and durability. The most important reason to make a careful decision about which shingles go on your roof is durability. The quality of the product is the single biggest factor when it comes to longevity and avoiding damage from wind and rain, snow and sunshine. Many basic three-tab asphalt shingles only last up to 20 years, but there are superior products available that can hold up more than twice as long, and fare better during storms and wind events.
- Manufacturer warranty. You may have the best product available on your home, but sometimes circumstances are just out of your control and damage can occur. Choosing a product means more than the product itself – be sure to research the company behind the product, and the warranty they provide to their customers. A product that doesn’t last as many years but has a great warranty may save you more money in the long run, while still offering great coverage.
- Style and colors. Does the shingle you’ve chosen come in a style and color offering that blends with your home? If you live in an HOA-governed community, does it meet the HOA guidelines? High-quality asphalt shingles look great and may do the job, but depending on the style of your home, it may really shine with faux slate or wood shakes. Look into different color options and gradients before settling for the most common choice.
If you are overwhelmed by manufacturer options and types of shingles, or simply too busy to do the research yourself, the best option is to work with a skilled local roofing contractor. Together, we can decide what will work best for your home. Take into account your personal budget, but don’t choose the first affordable option presented to you.
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Roofing & More, Inc. is proud to offer the best roofing shingles from GAF, as well as other manufacturers if desired or needed. We carefully choose the brands we partner with based on product quality, warranty and how our customers will benefit. For more information about the shingles we carry, call us at (855) 400-9644 or complete our convenient online form to schedule a free home assessment and estimate. We serve homeowners throughout Fairfax, Falls Church, McLean and many other Northern Virginia communities.