Replacing your roof is one of the costliest maintenance projects a homeowner will face. Your new roof should protect your home and enhance your home’s curb appeal. Choosing the shingles for your new roof can get overwhelming due to numerous colors, types, and warranties. This article breaks down four topics every homeowner should consider before finalizing their shingle selection.
1. What color shingle should I choose?
Our best advice – don’t overthink it. Neutral colors like brown, black, and tan tend to be most frequently selected and are best for resale value. Looking at shingle colors around your neighborhood or area may help you decide on a color and reassure you of your decision. Replacing your roof is a rare occurrence, so choosing a shingle that is overly trendy or colorful may not stand the test of time – and could even impact the long-term value of your home. Moreover, be sure the shingle type you select is in agreement with the style of your home. For example, you would not want an overly ornate roof if your home has no qualities or characteristics that would complement it.
2. How do I choose between high and mid-grade shingles?
When choosing shingles for your new roof, your contractor will show you two types in various colors and styles – mid and high-grade. Mid-grade shingles are the standard and are used most commonly. High-grade shingles offer more designer or aesthetic qualities, including thickness (which actually does not impact the durability of the shingle), brand name, and color/material selection – just to name a few. It’s a common misconception that mid-grade shingles are less durable or have a lower quality than high grade – this isn’t necessarily the case.
3. How should I navigate shingle manufacturers’ warranties?
Most shingle manufacturers will have comparable warranties. Typically, shingle manufacturers offer a 25- or 50-year warranty on any manufacturer defects. If there are any material defects on the shingles, the manufacturer will pay for the removal and replacement. 50-year warranties are most common with high-grade shingles. While a 50-year warranty may sound appealing, roofs are typically replaced every 15-25 years. It’s essential to make sure your shingle has a competitive manufacturer warranty, but it may not be a deciding factor in which shingle type you choose.
4. What if I live in a Homeowner’s Association?
If you live in a neighborhood governed by a Homeowner’s Association (HOA), before you finalize your shingle color, follow your HOA’s approval process. Similar to painting or residing your home, most HOA’s require preapproval before affixing your new shingles. It’s vital to ensure you have all the necessary preapprovals so you don’t run into any issues after your roof replacement is complete! Due to the varying nature of HOAs, contractors don’t typically handle these issues. However, your contractor should be knowledgeable and abide by all local, state, and federal regulations when replacing your roof. Not sure how to go about choosing a contractor?
Choosing your shingle color can be stressful. Choosing neutral shades and colors consistent with other homes in your area can help assuage your concern. Keep in mind – having a new roof increases the resale value of your home!
Our knowledgeable staff can answer your questions and give your sincere input based on our many years of experience. Looking to get started on your roof replacement? Contact AIC Roofing & Construction today!