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Buying guide: How to Choose The Best Roof Shingles.

30 October 2023

Roof shingles are not an everyday purchase, but they are an investment and important one. Most of us know very little about the best type of roof shingles for our homes. However, there may come a time when you’ll need to replace your roof. Experts can guide you through this process, but it’s wise to do a little bit of research on your own first. 



How Do I Know When I Need a New Roof?

A roof should be visually inspected frequently to check for signs of damage. Tornadoes, earthquakes, and fires are prominent signs of roof damage, but there are many more typical signals you should be aware of. You can determine whether you need a new roof in eight different ways.


One advantage of asphalt roofing is that the signs of an aging or deteriorating roof are readily apparent. Curled, bare spots, missing pieces, or black streaks on asphalt shingles are clear signs that your roof needs some tender loving care.


The most popular type of roofing shingle is by far asphalt. They are reasonably priced and available in a huge range of hues and fashions.



The Different Types of Asphalt Roof Shingles. 

The most common kind of roofing material is still asphalt shingles. Four out of every five homes in the United States have asphalt shingle roofs, according to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association. Low labor expenses result from its sturdiness, low price, and simplicity of installation when using experienced contractors. Granules of fiberglass, asphalt, and ceramic make asphalt shingles. Shingles are somewhat insulating, lightweight, waterproof, and come in a range of colors.


Asphalt shingles function well in harsh climates where there is a lot of wind, rain, and ice. They also require little to no upkeep. Homeowners can get almost any desired look at an affordable price thanks to the variety of textural and architectural styles available. Asphalt shingles typically last 20 years, but in warm, humid climates, they may only last 10 years. At LeafGuard of Cincinnati, we offer a 50-year, non-prorated warranty on labor and materials.

Consider Your Environment and Climate.

Your location will determine what kind of shingles you should install in your house. Certain roofing materials may last longer than others in hotter, drier climates. Similarly, in colder climates, certain shingles are more resilient to snow, rain, and hail than others. 


Naturally, a roofer with extensive local experience would also be aware of the kind of materials that are resistant to the climate and environment in the area.


LayerLock® Technology-equipped Timberline® Shingles offer limitless wind speed protection when fitted with the necessary set of GAF accessories.


Our Grand Sequoia® AS and Timberline AS® II shingles are flexible enough to meet UL 2218 Class 4, the greatest impact resistance rating available, giving your shingles a fighting chance in places where hail is common. Most insurance companies offer a discount for the installation of this type of shingle.


Our highly reflective GAF Timberline® CS Shingles may help you save on cooling costs.


StainGuard Plus® labeled Timberline HDZ® shingles with GAF time release algae fighting technology and a 25-year Stainguard Plus® algae protection Limited Warranty can help prevent blue-green algae stains.

Visualize Different Colors.

It’s crucial to choose the best color for your roof shingles. Choose a color that you adore without depreciating the value of your house because this is not a purchase you’ll want to make again for a long time. 


Assess the color of the siding on your house, the surrounding area, and the landscape first. The color you select may also depend on your climate. If you reside in a hot climate, pick light-colored shingles (or cool-colored granules, if you prefer a dark roof).



Consult a Roofer For Estimates and Other Considerations.

A roofing professional plays a vital role in selecting the right shingles for your roof, considering factors like budget, style preferences, and environmental conditions. They’ll also assess your roof’s specific attributes, such as slope and pitch, to recommend shingle types suited to your needs. Proper installation is crucial to shingle longevity, so it’s essential to engage a skilled roofer. When seeking the best value and expertise, consult with at least three local roofing specialists, obtain quotes from each, and prioritize quality over the lowest price.


The best GAF roof shingles for your weather and climate. To better shield your home from the elements, we offer GAF shingles. Wherever you call home, there’s a perfect GAF shingle waiting for you. 


You should have no trouble selecting a roofing color that goes well with the architectural design, functional requirements, and general aesthetic of your house if you keep these things in mind!


Explore the benefits of GAF products that we offer at LeafGuard of Cincinnati, and when you find one you love, call us to get started on your roof replacement.