One of the decisions homeowners must make when getting a new roof is what type of shingles to use. There are a wide variety of factors to consider and options to choose from, and there are key differences between the two that homeowners should be aware of.
Here, we provide information about the options for new roofing shingles, things to consider, and what we recommend here at DeKalb Roofing Company.
Your Shingles Options
Homeowners have two main options when selecting new shingles: traditional 3-tab shingles, and architectural shingles.
- 3-tab shingles are basic shingles. Once considered the standard choice, 3-tab shingles are the least expensive option.
- Architectural shingles are any type other than traditional shingles, and they are fast becoming the standard in the industry. Architectural shingles are considered to be the higher-end option, and many homeowners choose them because they provide more attractive results and add value to the home.
What to Consider When Getting New Shingles
There are a few things homeowners should consider before selecting which type of shingles to use.
- How long you will be in your home: Traditional shingles come with a 25-year warranty, while architectural shingles carry a limited lifetime warranty. Many homeowners plan to be in their homes long-term, and for them, architectural shingles may be worth the investment. For homeowners who do not plan to stay in their homes, however, 3-tab shingles may be the preferable option.
- The importance of your roof’s appearance: Homeowners who are trying to achieve a certain “look” for their homes often prefer the appearance of architectural shingles.
- Cost: Homeowners who choose architectural shingles will pay approximately 10% more than they would if they used traditional shingles.
- Weather: For homeowners who live in areas that frequently experience bad weather, architectural shingles may be the better option, as they are heavier.
What We Recommend
In our opinion, if you plan to stay in your home long-term, it will likely be worth the added cost to invest in architectural shingles. Not only will you have the assurance of a limited lifetime warranty, but you will also improve the appearance of your home and add value should you ever wish to sell. Of course, each homeowner must weigh the pros and cons of each choice before making the final decision.
We want to help you make the best possible choice for your home. Contact us to learn more about your options for replacing your shingles or to schedule your free estimate.