Shingle material should be chosen based on the weather demands of the area as requirements vary widely depending on the region. The weight and type of shingle material, algae resistance, wind rating, as well as the length of the warranty, are all factors the homeowner should consider as they determine the particulars which affect suitability.
The shingles should coordinate with the style and age of the house and surrounding neighborhood. In fact, some neighborhoods insist on a certain grade of shingles. Matching the shingle material with ‘what is’ will create an aesthetically pleasing aspect and also add to the value of the home.
Appearance is based largely on the type and style of shingle material, as explained below:
Also called ‘3-tab shingles’, this type of shingle material is generally used on a roof to replace previously installed strip shingles. It is the most basic shingle and consists of a single layer of asphalt material.
Dimensional shingles are a two layer construction, which means that the homeowner has a startling array of options when it comes to creating exactly the type of look which they wish to achieve within their budget. For this reason, dimensional shingles hold the lion’s share of the shingle market. While they cost more than strip shingles, they offer considerably more options in terms of style and color. Dimensional shingles are highly attractive, widely available, will cover imperfections on the roof, and work well with the majority of pitches and roof types.
While strip shingles represent the most economical option, dimensional shingles offer a variety and such an aesthetically superior look that some neighborhoods require them–even though the cost is approximately twenty percent higher. At almost double the price of dimensional shingles, designer or luxury shingles surpasses the others in terms of appearance, style and cost.
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