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4 Things to Consider When Buying New Shingles for Your Roof

If your roof is in need of replacing, you may be trying to decide between the many different types of shingles available. The fact is that the quality of your roof depends on the shingles you choose. If you choose inadequate shingles, your home will not be protected as well as it should be. Before you choose shingles for your roof, there are a few things you need to consider.

The Climate in Your Area

If you live in an extremely warm area, you may want to choose something other than asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles absorb a lot of heat which can enter your home as well. This can increase the interior temperature of your home by as much .... Metal and tile roofing deflects sunlight and can lead to energy savings of about 50 percent. If you live in a colder climate, however, asphalt shingles may be the better option.

Your Home’s Structure and Look

When you choose shingles for your roof, you want to take into consideration the look of your home. If you have an old farmhouse, for example, a modernistic tile roof is probably going to look out of place on your home. In addition, some types of roof shingles, like tile or slate, can be very heavy and the structure of your home may not support the weight.

Maintenance and Lifetime

Replacing a roof can be expensive so you want to be sure you choose shingles with a long lifespan. You may be tempted to purchase shingles with a lower price, but if the lifespan is only 10 to 20 years, you could be spending money to replace your roof sooner than necessary. Some types of shingles require more maintenance than others as well. If you are not willing to put in the time involved in maintaining specialty shingles, you may want to choose something else.


Higher quality shingles usually have better warranties than low-cost shingles. This is because low-cost shingles are more likely to be damaged or wear more quickly than those that cost more. It is important to remember that the warranty on the shingles is not coverage of the roof itself. You should talk to an experienced roofer, like Wheatley Siding Windows & Guttering, who can explain the difference between warranties on shingles and the roof itself that they install.

Choosing the right shingles is critical to the energy efficiency of your home. It is important to note that although high-quality shingles may cost more initially, over time they could provide you significant cost savings as they will be more durable and come with a more extensive warranty.

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