When it comes to new roof installations, it’s always a good idea to invest in quality materials that ensure your roof withstands the elements and performs well year after year. Given that asphalt roofs are among the most common and affordable options on the market, it’s good to know how to identify a top-quality asphalt shingle for your new roof. Price isn’t necessarily the most important indicator of quality, either.
Residential Roofing: How to Choose Asphalt Shingles
The two most important things to look for in a quality asphalt shingle are its performance characteristics and its warranty.
Choosing Asphalt Shingle – Performance Characteristics
Performance characteristics include metrics like weight, wind resistance, and the level of ventilation the shingle allows. Generally speaking, heavier shingles are more durable, and will also tend to cost more.
Shingles with higher levels of wind resistance withstand the elements better. While you may look at a given shingle and wonder whether you really need one with 110 mile-per-hour wind resistance, remember that the hardier overall construction means it will outperform other shingles in normal weather conditions as well.
With residential roofing, you need to be aware of local building codes when choosing asphalt shingles, as some municipalities have ordinances that require homeowners installing shingle roofs to meet specific ventilation criteria. If you’re unsure about local regulations, call your municipal housing authority.
Choosing Asphalt Shingles – Warranty Details
When it comes to the shingle’s warranty, longer is definitely better. Asphalt shingles with shorter warranties are quite simply not expected to hold up for as long as better-built shingles with longer coverage durations, so while they tend to be cheaper, you may also have to replace them sooner. As a consumer, you should also know the difference between manufacturer’s & contractor’s warranty. A manufacturer’s warranty covers the materials used to build your roof, while the contractor’s warranty covers the installation and workmanship.
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Of course, the very best shingles on the market won’t help you much if you don’t choose the right roofing contractor to install them so finding quality contractor is key.
At All Roofing Solutions, we serve residential and commercial customers throughout Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania, and we’ve earned an excellent reputation for quality and customer satisfaction. We are proud to be a team of experienced roofers who are committed to helping you with your next roofing project.
If you need a quality Delaware roofing contractor, call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania
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