There are a number of factors that affect the quality of your roof, from your material selection to your design and finally who installs the roofing system. However, the shingles that cover your roof have a significant effect on its durability and aesthetic. It can be hard for homeowners to decide which shingles are best and which ones should be avoided, but with some guidance, you can find the right product.
These factors will help you discover the best roofing material to put on your home.
The type of materials for your roof depends on the weather patterns in your area. For instance, if you live in an area prone to strong winds, you may want to avoid lightweight shingles. Some materials, like metal, or tile are better for high temperatures, while others, like slate, clay, and asphalt are better in colder climates. Winter storms in Long Island can rip lighter shingles right off a roof, while heavy snow can add weight to a roof already burdened by heavy materials. The most ideal roofing material for Long Island homeowners is asphalt shingles from manufacturers such as GAF or Owens Corning.
The weight of shingle materials varies widely and can cause your home’s structure to be unsafe if not calculated correctly. Buildings are designated a “dead load” tolerance or the weight of the roof structure. The average home has a dead load of around 15 pounds per sqft. If this weight exceeds the building’s tolerance, it will not be able to support itself. We understand that figuring out the dead load tolerance may be a challenge, but that is a figure that a qualified roofing contractor can help get for you.
One of the biggest hurdles many homeowners face is how to select the perfect shingle color to complement their exterior. Who wants their roof to clash with their home’s exterior? Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking at shingles.
The table below can help you swiftly match roof shingle colors to your home’s primary exterior color:
|Siding Color||Best Matching Shingle Color|
|Red||Dark Brown, Black, Grey, Green|
|Light Grey||Grey, Black, Green, Blue, White|
|Beige/Cream||Brown, Black, Grey, Green, Blue|
|Brown||Grey, Brown, Green, Blue|
|White||Almost any color including Brown, Grey, Black, Green, Blue, White|
|Weathered Wood or Log Houses||Brown, Green, Black, Grey|
If you’re getting a new roof, it might be time to start saving or looking into Unified’s financing specials. A new roof can cost anywhere from $5,000 to over $10,000. There are many factors that contribute to the price of your roof, including installation and labor, as well as the cost of the material itself. The size of the roof you are building will also play a role in your final cost. If you have a large roof area to cover, consider opting for cheaper materials. To learn more check out our blog about how much it can cost to replace your roof.
The quality of your roof depends on what you put on top. A sturdy frame can’t do its job if it’s covered with subpar products. Contact our roofing specialist to talk about shingles with you. We understand that choosing what to use can be confusing, and you may not know which type is best for your property. We offer financing plans, warranties, free estimates, and peace of mind. Trust your roof replacement project to the experts at Unified Home Remodeling in Long Island, NY. Contact us today to get started at 888.631.2131.