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The Ultimate Guide to Roofing Options

Your roof is the first line of defense against the elements when keeping you and your home safe, but it can also be a fun outward view of your home’s style and personality. If your current roof’s time is up, explore new options for your exterior!


Color Benefits to Consider

Your roof shingle color serves an even bigger purpose than aesthetic value… it can also optimize the energy efficiency of your home! Light shingle colors reflect light and heat off of your roof which keeps your house cooler, while darker colors absorb heat and might make your cooling system work harder in warm months. If you’re interested in how roof shingles can make your home more energy-efficient, consider the lighter shingles paired with your home’s exterior color in our Shingles Pairing Guide.

3-Tab vs. Architectural Shingles

Aside from color, another style option of shingles is their structure. The two primary choices of asphalt shingles are 3-tab or architectural shingles.
Each have their own unique advantages for the longevity of your roof.

Aesthetically, these options can either draw or deflect attention. Three-tab shingles are flat without varying dimension, so it gives a more uniform look to your roof. Architectural shingles are designed with dimension and can be made to appear like slate or cedar shake, which can certainly elevate curb appeal and draw the eye longer.

Structurally, both shingle profiles are similar. Both made of asphalt with fiberglass backing and granules for the outer layer. Their densities set them apart. Architectural shingles are about 50% heavier than 3-tab, and thus, have a higher wind rating and overall sturdiness. Architectural shingles have a higher capability to withstand elements which comes with a longer chance for longevity. This advantage doesn’t come without a noticeable price difference. However, the value lies in fewer repairs needed and a longer lifespan before replacement.


Single Color vs. Multi-Toned

So, you chose a color, but now you have the option for solid colored shingles or multi-tone! Every major shingle manufacturer offers select options for multi-toned or “blended” shingles in addition their standard colors. Multi-toned shingle options range from something as simple as varying shades of a single color, like grey and brown, while a more bold option may include shades of both brown and red in one shingle. 

These varying shades can add depth and dimension to your roof for a unique visual aspect; however, you should be aware of the unique visual aspects already featured on your home. The roof is one of the largest aspects of a home’s exterior, so it is easy to overwhelm your the entire home’s aesthetic if the details aren’t well-balanced. For instance, if you have a brick home with varying shades of red and orange, then a solid color would be a balanced choice for your exterior. If you have a consistent siding color all throughout the home, then a multi-tone blend can offset the uniformity with dimension.



Slate roofing is known as one of the highest quality and longest-lasting roofing materials on the market. Along with being aesthetically pleasing, it is also very durable. Slate roofing tiles are cut from a metamorphic rock and are cut and trimmed mostly by hand. A slate roof is really a custom-made job and gives a character to a building unlike that of any other type of roofing.

Cedar Shake & Shingles

If you are looking for a roofing system that will not only protect your home from the elements but also provide a natural look, Wood Shake shingles are the perfect compliment. Cedarwood roofs are energy efficient, providing a natural insulation up to two times that of asphalt shingles.

Copper & Specialty Metal

Residential metal roofing is generally made of steel, aluminum, or copper. Although it is more expensive than traditional shingle roofing, metal roofing has a much longer lifespan. Metal paint finishes can be customized to the exact look you envision for your home.

Clay Tile

Clay tile roofing provides a timeless aesthetic and comes in a variety of colors and tile profiles. Tile roofing has an exceptionally long life cycle – and is expected to have a greater lifespan than that of the material on which the roofing rests. Tile requires little maintenance, does not rot or burn, and cannot be harmed by insects.