submitted by Scott Miller, C & C Family Roofing and Siding, candcfamilyroofing.com
When it’s time to have my roof replaced, I usually get confused with all the material types and component. I feel so lost in all the details, but I don’t want to ask too many questions.
I fear that I will take too much of the salesman’s time or that I will look like a dummy.
How do I choose a roof shingle without breaking the bank?
There are many factors in choosing the right shingle. What kind of a budget you are working with, what is the aesthetic appearance you are trying to attain, what type of warranties you should have for the roof to protect you from future costly repairs and how many of the upgrades are needed to get a quality roof.
The manufacturers usually make very similar products. It is better to go with a manufacturer that has name recognition as opposed to a generic company.
There are some variations in the appearance and the thickness of a shingle which will dramatically affect the price. Shingles go from simple and basic (25 year 3-tab) to extravagant (synthetic slate and designer shingles).
Many houses being built today are having an architectural shingle installed.
Lastly, the warranty for the shingles may vary depending on the company installing them. Every shingle comes with a basic material warranty that is pro-rated.
Every year that shingle is on your house it loses value, and the warranty usually doesn’t cover things like labor, accessories, or trash disposal.
Upgraded warranties can be offered by the manufacturer depending on the installation company and their accreditation by that manufacturer.
Educating yourself before the salesman show will always help you make the right choice.