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5 Tips for Getting the Right Asphalt Roof Shingles

5 Tips for Getting the Right Asphalt Roof Shingles

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June 1, 2010

Asphalt roof shingles do a lot more than keep the water out of your house. They also can make a strong decorator statement and provide years of enjoyment. Here are 5 tips for picking the right asphalt roof shingles:

  1. Select the right color and texture for your home. Asphalt roof shingles come in a wide range of colors beyond the typical gray and black. Before buying the same color you have, consider adding a little contrast against your exterior siding or brick colors. Matching your shutters or patio color is another option. In warm climates, try a light color to reduce heat build up.
  2. Find the right roofing contractor. Look for a contractor who takes the time to educate you about the various asphalt roof shingle brands. Ask for references from customers who had their asphalt roof shingles installed several years ago and check to see how they are wearing.
  3. Think durability and warranty. Not all asphalt shingles are made alike, so make sure you do research on the manufacturer and the product's warranty. Some offer twenty-year warranties, while others are lifetime.
  4. Ask about roof flashing and special installations. The flashing that secures your roof around windows and chimneys is critical to protecting against water infiltration. Ask the contractor for details on how flashing is installed, particularly with roof angles, curves or steep pitches.
  5. Don't shop by price alone. Price is just one factor. If you're looking for a long lasting roof, pay attention to the durability of the materials as well as the reputation of the contractor who will install them.
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