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  • Writer's pictureShannon George

Should You Choose Shingles?

Updated: Nov 9, 2022

Hands down the most popular covering for a roof is shingles. A shingle is overlapped in short segments to protect a home from the elements. Typically shingles are in a rectangle shape and can be found in a variety of colors, textures, and materials. Because a pitched roof has so much visibility, the selection of the roofing material plays a major role in completing the overall look and aesthetic of the home.

It is no surprise that shingles are the top-ranked search for roofing materials on Google. Shingles on average tend to be the most affordable roofing option with generous warranties and extended lifespans for the roof. Additionally, shingles are easy to install, need little maintenance, and offer pleasing aesthetics for homeowners.

Many factors come into play when selecting the best sort of shingles for a homeowner. Today we shared the top things to consider when a homeowner is determining the type of shingle that will work best for their roof.

When choosing a shingle type, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Finance. A budget will be the first factor in helping to narrow the options for shingle selection

  • Appearance. While a homeowner may be partial to a particular shingle, it is important to also consider if that shingle type will fit the appearance of the house’s exterior.

  • Roof framework. The build of a roof will determine its ability to use specific shingle types.

  • Slope and pitch. The steepness of the roof will narrow the shingle selection. A steeper roof will not have the ability to hold heavier shingles.

  • Shock and impact resistance. Spring storms and hurricanes can lead to hail storms and damage thus undermining the integrity of shingles.

  • Algae protection. Hot humid summers in North Carolina create the perfect environment for the growth of algae on roof shingles. If this is prevalent in an area, algae-resistant shingles should be a consideration.

  • Climate and weather. Certain shingle types will perform better than others depending on the types of weather that are common to the area. Extreme winds and rain from hurricanes are a particular consideration when selecting shingles in North Carolina.

  • Warranty. The longevity and lifespan of a roof are critical for keeping the home’s interior protected from the elements. Manufacture and service warranties can help proved peace f mind and be a determining factor when selecting a roofing shingle.

With so many roofing material options on the market today, businesses and homeowners must sift through each option before making a final decision. The decision on which materials are used is based on the results desired. Every roofing product has advantages and disadvantages. Everyone wants a "quality" product, and it can be found in a variety of options. Longevity, durability (against weather), maintenance, aesthetics, and affordability are all important considerations when determining which type of shingle should be selected. At Herring Residential, allow our experts to help you determine the best fit for all your considerations when it comes to roofing selections.


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