Shingles are the most common materials used for roofing in the US. These overlapping covers go over lath or sheeting. They add texture and color to the roof, depending on the material you use. Shingle roofs from Ecoshield Roofing help elevate the beauty of your home for an affordable price.
The Best Shingle Roofs
Shingle roofing comes in many forms, and people often choose a style based solely on personal preference. Due to the many choices, finding the right roof can easily feel overwhelming. To narrow it down, here are some of the most popular choices available:
- Metal shingles: while metal shingles are not as popular as others, many customers like them due to their stylish finish. Thanks to metallic paint, you can purchase these shingles in a variety of colors. They are also incredibly durable, lasting for 60-75 years with proper maintenance.
- Solar shingles: a recent trend in the roofing industry, solar shingles are popular thanks to their eco-friendly nature. While they are expensive, they save money in the long run by powering your home with energy from the sun.
- Asphalt shingles: Considered to be the most affordable among all materials, many homeowners choose asphalt. They can last for 15-40 years, depending on the quality. With the right care, the highest quality types can last for upwards of 50 years.
- Wood shingles: these shingles consist of different types of wood, layered together into sections. It is the most popular next to asphalt shingles, thanks to their beautiful finish. The most expensive ones are wood shakes, which come from yellow pine or cedar trees. Wood shingles often last for 25-30 years.
- Slate shingles: these are another popular option thanks to their attractive finish. Even though they are thin, they are among the heaviest materials available.
- Clay shingles: a popular option in several parts of the country, clay shingles are durable and are created from cheap material. Clay, however, only lasts for over a decade even if you take care of them properly.
There are also other uncommon materials available for purchase. Although not quite as mainstream, these materials are still strong options. They are:
- Composite plastic
Shingle Roofing Color Choices
When choosing a color for your roof shingles, always consider the exterior of your home. The best way to choose colors is to match the roof to your walls or siding. If your siding is of a warm color, then choose a similar warm color for your shingles. The same is true for cooler colors.
The best advice is to stick to the basics. Neutral colors are popular as they match almost any home exterior. Here are the most common colors we’ve used over the years:
These are the colors most often used as they easily match clay, metal, wood, and slate. Of course, you can experiment with other colors, too, by changing shades or testing contrast.
Another big consideration is energy efficiency. Color has a direct correlation to how warm or cool your house gets. If you opt for darker shades, then your roof will absorb more heat and heat your home faster. If you want to save money by lessening air conditioning costs, then consider cooler colors.
Installation and Costs
Replacing or installing a new shingle roofing can be a costly endeavor. Asphalt, which is the cheapest material, can still cost at least $4,000 for a standard home. Some people resort to trying to lessen these costs by placing new shingles on top of old ones. While this method may save $1,000 upfront, it can end up costing you more in the long run. Here is why you shouldn’t resort to this tactic:
- Uneven roofing: your roof will have unattractive bumps. It also makes the new shingles harder to secure, and they’ll likely break earlier than their intended lifespan.
- Multiple repair costs: the old roofing will eventually give way, and you’ll need more work done. You’re only delaying the inevitable by refusing to remove the old shingles.
- Structural strain: The roof cannot accommodate the heavyweight of two sets of shingles. It might collapse and damage other parts of the home.
- Building code violations: a home inspection could lead to violations and fines. Many houses have collapsed after storms due to bad roofing, hence why the regulations are in place.
The good news is that there are many options available if you can’t afford a roofing job. Many programs offer grants to low-income homeowners or those with disabilities. If you believe you qualify for a grant, we can point you in the right direction to help work start on your home faster.
The Weatherization Assistance Program is an example of one such program. It is a program by the US Department of Energy that supports low-income households. This is a great option as the grant pays us for the cost of materials and installation while you don’t have to cover any costs.
Refinancing and loans are also options to consider. Some loans cater to those who need home repairs. When going for a loan, make sure that the terms are agreeable and that the interest rate is something you can manage.
If you have home insurance, check your policy. Some policies cover roofing repairs in case of an accident or act of nature. However, most do not cover neglect or wear and tear. You can always consult with your carrier to see if they can help you with the costs.
EcoShield Roofing: Your Partner In Quality
Ecoshield Roofing Solutions has helped many commercial and residential areas in North Carolina. We offer the most durable, quality, and beautiful roof shingles. If you need repairs or a new roof, then we are the people to call. We understand that each structure is unique, so we always match our talents to your needs and budget.
Our experts can help get you a new shingle roof fast. No matter the material, we have you covered with our shingle roofing services. Call us now for a no-pressure conversation about your roofing options today.