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How to Choose the Right Roof Shingle Type for your Home

06 May 2022

Contrary to popular belief, not all types of roof shingles are the same. Some are made more durable than others. Some are easy to maintain and/or energy efficient. And, some—but not all—are visually appealing and available in numerous colors and styles. That is why it is so important to consider all the types of roof shingles available before investing in new shingles as part of a roof replacement. To help you make an informed decision, here is what you need to know when comparing types of roof shingles.

Shingle Colors

Roof shingles come in a wide variety of colors and styles to coordinate with each home. Since color is usually just an aesthetic choice, not functional, this is the easiest part of choosing your roof shingle type! Look at other elements of your exterior, such as the paint or siding color, for clues. You’ll want something that’s fairly neutral and doesn’t take away from the more decorative elements of the house.

Shingle Design

Did you know that different architectural styles sometimes require different shingle designs? Take a close look at the homes in your neighborhood. You probably won’t see a wide range of roof shingle types on the same street, since homes built around the same time in the same place tend to match designs. If the houses next to you are ranch style, it’s likely yours is too. A good roofing contractor can help you identify the style that fits best with your home.

Shingle Durability

Not every roof shingle lasts the same amount of time- and it’s noticeable when your shingles are starting to deteriorate. Warning signs can include cracking, loose shingles, and even shingles that fly off your roof in rainy or windy weather. It’s important to choose a durable shingle, particularly in the Midwest. Leaving your roof deck exposed to the elements can cause major interior damage.

Roof Shingle Types

There are almost two dozen types of roof shingles available to homeowners. That’s a lot of options, and choosing between them can seem daunting. Here are some of the most popular:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Wood shingles
  • Rubber roofing shingles
  • Metal roofing shingles

Turn to LeafGuard® of Cincinnati for the Best Roofing Shingles

If you are still overwhelmed by your options, then don’t despair. Let the professionals at LeafGuard® of Cincinnati help you. We only install the best roofing—GAF asphalt shingles—and our knowledgeable team members can help you select which type of asphalt shingle is right for your home. They can even help you customize them so that your roof complements your home perfectly. Contact us today to learn more about comparing types of roof shingles.