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Raleigh Roofing: Article About Choosing Shingle Types

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With so many roofing materials on the market, it can be difficult to know which type is right for a particular property. From metal to tile, homeowners don't have to try a material they aren't comfortable with because it's the latest trend. Shingles installed by a Raleigh roofing professional are still viable materials that withstand weathering for decades at a time. Within the shingle family are several variations on their construction, so allow a contractor to explain all their benefits and disadvantages.

The traditional layered look on a roof is created by laminated asphalt shingles. These materials are relatively thick, providing a long lifespan compared to other asphalt shingle types. Because of their thickness, laminated shingles are heavy. Roofers layer these shingles in patterns to create visual depth. Depending on the shingle color, the roof could actually look like it has a wood tone without the weathering issues.

As an inexpensive and lightweight option, three-tab asphalt shingles cover a roof in a conservative pattern. There is no layering, so the shingles lay flush with the roof. Because they are thin with no layering, their lifespan isn't as long as the laminated types.

The roofing experts at Otto's Exteriors of Raleigh NC can assist you with any questions regarding metal roofing or gutters.

Homeowners must weigh their options between cost and lifespan before selecting a shingle type from these choices.

After selecting a shingle type, color must come into play. A dramatic rooftop could be black or gray, but homeowners must realize that dark colors do absorb heat. The home may need extra cooling in the summer, for example. Consider a light gray or beige roofing color to reflect sunlight as much as possible. Homeowners will be more comfortable while offering a selling point to potential buyers in the future.

If homeowners have three-tab shingles, they may have the option of adding the new installation on top of the old one. Depending on the area, some roofs can be layered between the old and new shingles instead of adding a removal process to the project. Homeowners must speak with their contractor to see if this is an option. Although it reduces removal labor, working on top of the old shingles may not create the quality installation that contractors promise to offer. In most cases, removing the old shingles is best.

Work with a contractor to pick the perfect roofing material. Not all homes can support the weight of some products, making it crucial to have a professional's opinion prior to installation. The right roof protects the interior and maintains property value.

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