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Modern Roofing Shingles: Options for Choosing What Goes Over Your Head

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If you announced to someone that you want to have a conversation about roofing shingles, they might suggest you need to get out more and broaden your horizons, but actually, there is a fair bit to discuss and choosing the right materials can be confusing for many homeowners.

You can talk to a professional about Atlas Chalet Shingles and get some answers on any problems you might be having, as they will be happy to have that conversation with you, and you can also make a more informed purchasing decision by learning how to choose what goes over your head.

Breaking down the decision-making process

When you are trying to select the right shingle for home, it can be quite daunting when you discover just how many different styles and colors to choose from there are, but if you break it all down into individual decisions at each stage, you should end up with one that fits the bill.

Your first task is to select a shingle style. In basic terms, you have two specific categories to choose from, so you will probably be looking for an architectural shingle or a traditional 3-tab design roof shingle.

One of the primary features of an architectural shingle is that because of their dimensional thickness combined with blended shadow bands, this type of shingle is able to emulate the same type of appearance that you could achieve with classic wood shakes.

There is no question that architectural shingles definitely have the ability to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home, so if you are looking for something that offers a stylish finish, this might be the right type of shingle for your type of property.

The traditional 3-tab shingle is always a popular choice and is normally available in a variety of different colors, which makes it a versatile choice if you are looking for a particular finish to enhance your home.

Consider the profile of your roof

Some properties have been designed to show off the roof as a feature of the property while others have been constructed with a roof that is more functional than adding to the wow factor of the home.

If you have a property with a pitched roof, which means that more of the roof is visible from the ground, you might want to consider giving your roof a more interesting appeal in order to help it enhance the overall look of your home.

With a fairly steep pitched roof, the suggestion would often be to use architectural roofing shingles in preference to 3-tab shingles. What you get with architectural shingles is a multi-layer design that is easy on the eye and therefore a good match for your pitched roof.

Working out an approximate cost

Many homeowners have little or no idea just how much their roof is going to cost them, so it makes sense to use a simple calculation to try and determine the cost.

In order to work out your approximate cost, you will need to take some measurement of the roof area so that you can determine the square footage.

First, make sure that you take the right safety measures when carrying out your measurements. Once you are happy with that aspect of the task, use a tape measure to measure the length and width of your roof area. You will find that shingles are sold by the square, with each square covering 100 square feet. All you have to do to estimate how many squares you will need, is to multiply the length and width figures to arrive at square footage total.

Once you have this figure, you can then get a quote based on the amount of squares that you need to cover. It is often a good idea to add a further ten percent to your calculation so that you make an allowance for any potential wastage.

Color is not just about looks

You have a choice when it comes to selecting a color for your shingle, so you are going to be able to find one that most suits your property.

That is obviously a primary consideration when choosing your roofing shingle but it is worth thinking about what impact your color choice will have on the property. If you choose a darker color, this will be better for heat retention, or if you opt for a lighter shade, this will mean that your attic will be cooler, which is a positive feature if you intend to use the space.

When you start looking into it, roofing shingles are certainly worth talking about.

Hey everybody! My name is Robert Kinghorn and I am one of the experts here at Atlas Chalet Answers. I’ve been in the roofing industry for years and have a lot of experience inspecting and working with insurance companies regarding faulty shingles and or storm damage. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with home owners and participating online on sites like Houzz and Facebook. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns I can help you with.