The Ultimate Guide to Roofing Options
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Changing your home’s exterior can enhance curb-appeal, add value, and even help you save on energy costs! But making a new aesthetic commitment to your home is no simple choice and the options can feel endless. For the homeowners who don’t have their heart set on a certain look yet, we have the perfect guide to pairing the right roof to your style & home!
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 you have an option for solid colored shingles or multi-tone! Multi-tone shingles feature varying shades of a color, or even multiple different colors. These varying shades can add depth and dimension to your roof, and a unique visual aspect; however, you should be aware of the unique visual aspects already featured on your home. 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.
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.
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 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.
By Shelby Zeuli
Shelby joined the Baker Roofing marketing team in April 2021! When she's not on top of roofs trying to get a good angle, she likes to capture portrait photography, skateboard, and watch movies with her dog, Sarge.