What To Look For When Choosing Asphalt Shingles

Posted on: 6 July 2017

Asphalt shingles are among the most common roofing type, and it's good to know what to look for when you're choosing them for your home. A price range is something that only you can come up with, but be aware that a higher price doesn't always mean higher quality and vice-versa. You need to look at some other characteristics in order to determine which ones are right for you.


There are probably more colors available than you're aware of. Naturally, you want to choose a color that matches your home, is pleasing to the eye, and one that will be approved by your HOA, if you have one. It's generally recommended to stick with colors that match your siding, brick, stucco, or whatever your home is made of. Also, light colors tend to make homes look slightly larger and more contemporary whereas dark colors are offer a more cozy and traditional look.


Gone are the days where homeowners had one or two styles to choose from. Shingles are now made to mimic different materials such as slate, charcoal, and wood. They also come in varying textures and a multitude of sizes for different projects. For instance, you can choose a laminate or architectural shingle that has a thicker base than a standard shingle. This will add a three-dimensional look to your roof. Also, strip shingles are long, self-adhesive pieces that can be applied quickly, cutting down on the installation time. They also tend to hold up better to strong winds because of their adhesive property.


The performance of your shingle will determine the quality, and there are several ways to narrow this down. You'll need to look at the following factors:

Weight. Heavier shingles will usually last longer than lightweight ones, but they are a little more expensive.

Wind Resistance. All shingles come with a wind-resistance factor. If you don't live in an area with high winds, that doesn't mean you shouldn't consider a premium shingle. Remember, the higher the wind-resistance, the better your shingle will perform in all weather types.

The 3-tab shingle is the most common and the least expensive option, but it also has the least wind-resistance rating. The type with the highest rating is the architectural style, and it also has a greater life expectancy.

Ventilation. As you know, having a home that's well ventilated and insulated can prevent the growth of mold and mildew, structural damage, and high energy bills. Part of having a well-ventilated home starts with your roof, so it's important to examine the shingles' ability to allow for ventilation and insulation.

A roofer can't change the insulation in your home, but they can be sure to install the shingles in such a way that vents aren't blocked and air is allowed to flow freely underneath the shingles. You might consider asking the contractor if certain shingle types are better than others when it comes to better insulating your home, especially if your home is older and doesn't have as much insulation as newer homes.


Most every roofing type comes with some sort of warranty, and asphalt shingles are no different. Generally speaking, the better the warranty, the more durable your shingles are considered to be as most companies won't offer a 30-year warranty on roofs they don't expect to last more than 10 years.

You also need to be aware that the manufacturer will provide you with a warranty that's different from the contractor's warranty. A manufacturer's warranty will protect against any defects in the materials, and they generally start out with a 100% coverage for "x" number of years, going down to a prorated amount for the remainder of the warranty.

Contractor's warranties are offered by the installers, and they cover the actual installation of the roof. Some manufacturers will offer their own certified installers, and with that you can get system warranties that cover more than a standard warranty. For more information, contact companies like Drey Roofing.