As winter comes to an end, the spring weather is just right to consider replacing your old, worn-out roof. If you are like most homeowners looking into a new roof, you may feel overwhelmed by the options. When it comes to value for your money, a popular option are asphalt roofing shingles. They offer a good mix of durability, ease of installation, and low cost. You will also have a variety to choose from to customize a solution that works for your home.
Different Types of Shingles
Asphalt roofing shingles come in three major styles:
- The cheapest is the original strip shingle. This is the classic style you will find on older homes throughout the country, as well as many new economy manufactured homes. They are a single layer, flat shingle that was designed to look like slate. The technology is fairly dated, but they’re still a popular option for the price-minded customer.
- The most popular modern style is the dimensional shingle. They are a heavier weight, dual layered shingle that provides an appearance much closer to slate. They are well known for their durability, often with a 30-plus year warranty.
- On the high end, there is the laminated luxury shingle. These shingles are made to appear closest to either real slate or natural cedar shake. Certain brands may offer improved energy efficiency, but the true selling point is the enhanced appearance.
The Reroofing Process
Once you have selected the right asphalt roofing shingle for your home, the installation process is a breeze. After removing the old roofing materials and cleaning the roof, you simply lay a new underlayment and flashing. The new asphalt shingles can very easily be nailed into place in an overlapping fashion. If you are not an experienced roofer yourself, it is best to use an quality roofing company with a solid track record. Look for a company with experience specifically in asphalt roofing shingles that has a good reputation for finishing the job correctly. Your roofing company should be able to guide you through the shingle selection process, explain the costs upfront, and work with your schedule to set a reasonable timeline for installation.