Popular Shingle Styles to Level Up Your Home’s Design

Popular Shingle Styles to Level Up Your Home’s Design

Thinking of updating your home’s exterior? Your roof is a great place to start!

Over the years, many roofs experience normal wear and tear that can make them look outdated. Therefore, installing a new one is a great way to boost your home’s curb appeal and resale value. 

Recent home exterior styling trends have put an emphasis on unique designs that help your home stand out. So when you choose a shingle style for your new roof, the decision shouldn’t be made lightly. Let’s take a look at four of the popular shingle styles, so you can decide which option is best for you based on design, performance, and value. 

1. Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular residential shingle style. There are two types of asphalt shingles: organic and fiberglass. They operate and look similar, but the materials within them differ. While organic shingles are made of an asphalt exterior and organic material (wood, paper) backside, fiberglass shingles are made of an asphalt exterior and fiberglass composite backside. 

Design

Since asphalt is a popular shingle style, it offers a traditional look. However, you can make an asphalt roof stand out with the variety in colors, textures, and shapes available. Choosing the right style combination can even give your roof an ultra-dimensional appearance. 

Performance

Asphalt shingles usually last between 12-20 years — sometimes longer if properly installed and maintained. Throughout those years, they’re relatively low maintenance, but the replacement process is fairly simple and quick in the case there is an issue. A bonus perk of asphalt shingles is that they’re great noise cancellers. 

Value

In most cases, asphalt is the most affordable shingle style. The shingles and installation services are both reasonably priced. For 12-20 years of durability, asphalt shingles have great value. 

2. Wood Shakes

Wood shakes are similar to wood shingles, but they have split thin rectangles and they’re thicker. They’re a great shingle-style if you want your home exterior to have an especially textured appearance. 

Design

Wood shakes are thick and textured, giving them beautiful depth and dimension. They vary in grain patterns, grooves, and colors, so you’re able to pick which unique style fits your home’s aesthetic best. 

Performance

Wood shakes usually last around 30 years. However, they’re bound to require quite a bit of maintenance. They’ll need regular inspection and care to prevent any warping, rotting, mold, and insect infestations. 

Value

Wood shakes and their installation fees are relatively high. The price of necessary regular maintenance will add up too. However, the unmatched textured appearance is sure to make your home stand out, so the high price may be worth it. 

3. Metal Panels

Although they’re not necessarily shingle-based, standing seam metal roofs are a popular roofing choice. They consist of long metal panels that run from the top of your roof down to your gutters. They’re attached with fasteners and concealed by seams raised a couple inches above the panel level, which provides great protection against leaks. 

Design

The majority of people in your neighborhood will probably choose an asphalt shingle style, so choosing metal panels can definitely bring a unique style to your home. With metal panels, you’re able to choose any shade you’d like, and you don’t need to worry about the normal wear and tear many asphalt roofs experience. 

Performance

Metal roofs are extremely durable, lasting between 40-70 years with minimal repairs. They can withstand all weather conditions, from hail to falling trees. The material also allows for less friction, so ice and snow can slide right off instead of piling up and causing ice dams

Value

Although the upfront cost of a metal roof is often higher than other roofing options, the long-term cost is usually less due to minimal maintenance requirements. Also, metal reflects solar heat, so homeowners have saved up to 25% on their energy bill after choosing this style. 

4. Tiles

Roofing tiles were traditionally made from slate, fired clay, or terra cotta. Nowadays, they’re mostly made from molded, tinted concrete. Tiles roofs are popular in warmer states, like Florida and California, but can add a unique look to any home, anywhere.

Design

Tiles come in many different shapes, from flat to curved to fluted. You can also find them in just about any color you’d like. While most of them have a smooth surface, there are also textured options that mimic the look of traditional shingles and wood shakes. 

Performance

Tiles have the longest durability of all these options: up to 100 years of life. They’re low maintenance and can withstand rain, hail, winds, and even fire. However, it’s important to keep in mind that not all roofs are well-suited for tiles — they work best on sharp slopes. 

Value

Depending on which type and texture of tile you choose, this can be the most expensive option. You’ll also need to hire skilled installers in order to ensure your roof’s durability. However, for over 100 years of durability, it’s worth the cost. 

Ready for an upgrade for your home’s exterior design? At Werner Roofing, we can help you choose the best shingle style for your home that will not only make it look great, but provide years and years of high quality protection for your home. Talk to our roofing experts to get started.

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OUR FREE ROOF INSPECTION

How do you know when it’s time for a new roof? The only way to be sure of your residential roof’s current condition is to have a licensed professional personally inspect it. Werner Roofing is proud to offer free roof inspections for every client, so you can be sure of your roof’s condition. Every Werner Roofing inspection comes complete with our promise: “We won’t recommend or sell a roof replacement unless it’s necessary.” 

Top Shingle Brands to Consider for Your Roofing Project

Top Shingle Brands to Consider for Your Roofing Project

Top Shingle Brands to Consider for Your Roofing Project

Let’s face it, your roof is only as good as the materials it’s made of, and since it’s kind of important that your roof is pretty darn good, your choice of shingles matters. That’s why it’s good to know what the top shingle brands are, so you can make a choice that’s sure to protect your home, and last for decades to come.

Top Reasons to Pick Top Shingle Brands

There are good reasons for making good shingle selections. No matter where you live or the elements your roof needs to withstand, the right shingles can provide not only protection, but also peace of mind. They can even save you money!  

The quality and longevity of the shingles you choose, along with aspects like warranties, and protection abilities (such as wind, fire, and impact resistance), can help homeowners secure discounts on their home insurance rates. That’s not just good, it’s great!

Of course, the biggest reason you should choose your shingles wisely is to ensure your roof provides the best protection possible for your home and family. Knowing the top shingle brands and what they offer can help ensure you find the shingles that best fit your roofing project’s budget and needs. After all, your roof is what protects not only your home, but everyone in it! 

Top Shingle Brands for a Top-Notch Roof

Of all the brands of shingles available on the market, there are some that seem to pop up on everyone’s lists of favorites. That said, it’s always good to do a little research to make sure the shingles you choose will work for you. 

Tamko, for instance, is commonly considered a leading brand that offers affordable, quality products, but their shingles are also known for having a shorter lifespan. Good if you plan on a short stay at your house, not-so-good for a forever home. 

Here’s a closer look at several other brands on top of the leader board and what you can expect from each:

IKO

This brand offers options with a price range that reflects the various levels of protection the shingles provide. From budget-friendly, basic asphalt shingles; to dimensional varieties with high wind ratings, algae resistance, and UV protection; to designer options that mimic tile or slate, IKO is a well-known brand that’s got you covered no matter your price point or the environment of your location. All-in-all, IKO is a respectable choice, however it’s often rated lower than other leading brands and warranties are limited.

CertainTeed

A top-selling brand in the U.S., CertainTeed roofing materials are known to be high-quality and long-lasting. They have historically been considered high-end, however, a more budget-friendly product line has recently been released. As with any roofing project, proper installation is of the utmost importance, but especially when choosing this particular brand.  

Owens Corning

Known for their large selection and excellent customer service, Owens Corning has also built a reputation for limited warranties that are tiered and can cover everything from wind and algae to the lifetime of the shingles, depending on the product you choose. They also boast a high fire resistance rating, offer an Energy Star option, and provide entire roofing systems complete with underlayment, water barrier, shingles, and ventilation. 

In addition, Owens offers an installer certification so you know the job’s done right, and you can take advantage of upgraded warranties if you choose to have the total roofing system installed.

GAF

GAF is consistently one of the most popular roofing brands in the country and it’s easy to see why. Not only are they known for their premium products and materials, but also their exceptional warranties, including the GAF Gold Pledge warranty which covers the entire roof — the materials, installation, and even labor! 

One reason GAF is able to provide such high-level warranties is the fact that they offer an excellent training program for contractors and a prestigious Master Elite Certification which ensures high-quality performance from your roof as well as those who install it!

Similar to Owens Corning, GAF provides a comprehensive total protection roofing system as well, so you not only get top quality shingles, but also every roofing layer there is! No wonder GAF products are a nationwide favorite of customers and contractors alike. 

Why GAF is Werner Roofing’s Shingle Brand of Choice 

Werner Roofing is a GAF Master Elite, factory-certified roofing installer, which means we have exclusive installation access to all of GAF’s best product lines. It also means we are experts at installing GAF shingles and total protection systems to ensure the best quality roof for your home, guaranteed by the Golden Pledge warranty. In short, GAF makes our customers happy, which makes us happy, too! 

To learn more about GAF products and get started on your project, contact us today. 

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OUR FREE ROOF INSPECTION

How do you know when it’s time for a new roof? The only way to be sure of your residential roof’s current condition is to have a licensed professional personally inspect it. Werner Roofing is proud to offer free roof inspections for every client, so you can be sure of your roof’s condition. Every Werner Roofing inspection comes complete with our promise: “We won’t recommend or sell a roof replacement unless it’s necessary.” 

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