From keeping your home safe from the elements to showing off style and curb appeal, there’s a lot to consider for your new roof. So you’re considering asphalt shingles? Yes, asphalt shingles have been around forever—but there’s a reason for that! Actually, there are several reasons. And yes, they can still be a stylish option for your roof.
1. Shingle Color Variety
Choosing the perfect roof design, colors, and styles is a big decision. A new roof can enhance the paint on your house, as well as boost the overall appeal. When it comes to shingle color, the asphalt options are endless. There’s no shortage of options for asphalt shingles including color, shade, and hue. The material ranges in colors in beige, red, brown, black, green, blue, and all shades in between. This allows you to find the perfect shade to match your vision. Not sure what you want—try driving around different neighborhoods and seeing what different color options you like best.
2. Statement Shingles or Subtle Appeal
Looking to make a statement with your roof or going for a more subtle look? Asphalt shingles give you the option to give your roof a pop, or the ability to downplay the look to complement your overall home look. Whichever way you’re leaning, asphalt color, style, and pattern selections can help you achieve your desired look.
Make a Statement
Be bold and make a statement with your new roof. Consider a red roof if you have gray, white, or taupe siding. Red shingles add flair to light colors.
Earth tones have a harmonious look. Green asphalt shingles are a natural fit for brick or warm yellow house features.
Okay, not ready to make the big statement, consider brown asphalt shingles that will add a little interest to a one-tone house without too much flash. Another option is to choose speckled shingles which draw out other exterior themes found in shutters, doors, porches, landscaping, etc.
Strong but Subtle
Subtle doesn’t have to be boring. Black and grey asphalt shingles give a classic yet stylish look and feel. Consider black or grey shingles that will easily complement your siding and trim, no matter what color.
3. Visual Elements
Asphalt shingles are a popular choice for many thanks to their visual appeal. Shingle manufacturers have created products with a variety of color choices, pattern options, and the ability to mimic different materials for a lower cost.
With the proper installation, asphalt shingles can be placed to look like slate, wood shakes, or even tile. Need to compliment an older-style home? New asphalt shingles can be made to create a weathered look and layered dark and light shades for a multi-dimensional feel.
Get the Right Angle
Asphalt shingles have the ability to cover many different angles, shapes, and forms to work with almost any type of roof. No matter how complex and large your roof is, asphalt shingles should be able to cover it seamlessly.
4. Consider the House Resale Value
Asphalt shingles are a popular option for homeowners for many reasons, but the obvious reason is they have an attractive look for the house. They provide a classic look that homebuyers are looking for. With asphalt, you can create unique patterns, fits, and color choices that are timeless.
In addition to the visual options, asphalt shingles are both cost and energy-efficient. Homebuyers want to know that their roof will protect their house, while also regulating the temperature properly. It’s also well-known that an asphalt-shingled roof will last between 15-30 years. Talk about a good long-term investment.
5. The Always Fashionable—Durability
One of the most important features of your roofing material is durability. Your roof is there to protect you and your family from the elements. From hailstorms to heavy snow, to straight-line winds, to lightning and fallen branches, asphalt shingles have proven their strength. This shingle material is waterproof, wind-resistant, and built to withstand Mother Nature’s strongest elements. As an added bonus, asphalt shingles are now manufactured to be fire-resistant.
If the elements cause damage to your shingles, they can be easily replaced without having to tear off sections of the roof to repair. This is a big cost and time saver.
Classic is Trendy
So there you have it: A long list of reasons asphalt shingles should still be at the top of the list to consider for your new roof. With the wide variety of color and style options, this material type provides you the opportunity to conceive your modern, trendy, look, while still meeting cost, energy, and protective needs.
No matter what shingle material you choose or what look you have in mind, the result of your roof project will only turn out as well as the contractor you select. While making decisions on material, look, and cost are important, choosing your roof contractor is the most critical to a job well done. Talk to friends and family to get recommendations on a great local contractor. Local contractors are more familiar with municipal regulations and will have established relationships with local suppliers and laborers.