How To Compare & Choose The Best Shingles For Your New Roof

Once upon a time, your home was a showpiece. You were proud for friends and neighbors to stop by. Now, the roof is just an embarrassment, frankly, and you want to replace it.

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How To Compare & Choose The Best Shingles For Your New Roof

An updated roof can transform the look of your home and boost curb appeal. But how do you go about selecting the right shingle? How do you sort out all the options?


Look around Winter Garden and surrounding areas. Not every home has Spanish tiles. In fact, the shingle is America’s #1 residential roofing material, and for good reason. It fits just about every home design.

Your home’s architectural style must be complemented by your home’s roof. Spanish tiles are lovely, but entirely wrong for a Craftsman-style home. Only shingles can offer various cuts and designs to fit almost every home’s architecture:

  • Victorian
  • Bungalow
  • Ranch
  • Colonial
  • Contemporary
  • Mission
  • French Provincial
  • Beach
  • Craftsman

Take the time to check out neighbors’ houses and see how well their shingle roofs fit with their homes’ architecture. A roof is a crowning jewel, not a glaring distraction.

Shingle Styles

Many homeowners do not realize shingles come in various styles. From the economical and subdued three-tab to the far more dramatic designer and architectural cuts, shingles are versatile solutions to your roofing challenge.

  • Three-Tab shingles are the most economical and sleekest shingle; they feature a low profile and are available in many colors from leading manufacturers
  • Architectural shingles like Owens Corning’s Oakridge┬« shingles are designed to blend artistry and craftsmanship to help your home get noticed; these deep-cut shingles in earth tones and nature's brightest hues add drama and curb appeal to Florida home
  • Designer shingles such as CertainTeed’s Carriage House┬« cut tabs give your roof a varied and interesting look; choose from cuts to look like shakes, slate, and even tile

If you go with products from tried-and-true leaders in the industry like Owens Corning and CertainTeed, you not only get a dependable shingle, but you get strong warranties to protect your investment.

Shingle Colors

Fiberglass-asphalt shingle roofs combine the strength of fiberglass with the soft pliability and water resistance of asphalt. The color of a shingle comes from its granules, embedded in the asphalt. The granules can be colored just about any hue or tint desired.

Modern shingle manufacturers like CertainTeed and Owens Corning produce dozens of colors, from bright standouts like Georgian Brick (red) and Victorian Blue to warm, earthy tones like Stonegate Gray or Shenandoah.

How does a shingle color affect your home’s overall appearance? Depending on the pitch (slope) of your roof, visitors see more or less roof, and therefore the color can visually help your home stand out or settle comfortably into its surroundings.

A steep roof, for example, exposes a lot of shingle to view. If you are after an imposing, “country manor” look, you may opt for darker tones. If you want to convey an inviting, carefree look, brighter colors may suit you.

A low-slope roof (a ranch or contemporary home, for example) will not reveal much roof. Here, the shingle color is an accent which can complement your siding color or trim tones.

Shingle Costs

Shingles are America’s leading residential roofing material because of their smart economy. They are easy and fast to install, unitized for maximum flexibility, and long-lasting.

Consider shingle costs last in your decisions about the best residential roofing material. Why? The cost difference between a simple three-tab shingle and the finest architectural shingle, over the life of your roof (20+ years), is negligible.

Invest in a healthy, happy, dry home by getting the best shingle your budget will allow. When making residential roofing shingle comparisons, place a priority on the style, cut, and color of shingle before worrying about cost.


When soliciting three bids for your new shingle roof, give careful consideration to the contractor who will perform the installation. Shingle selection is vital, of course, but is only half the equation.

A highly trained, quality roofer can install an economical three-tab, basic shingle which will outperform a much more expensive, architectural shingle installed by a sloppy crew. To maximize your investment in the shingle you select, have it installed by a superior, local roofer.

A new shingle roof is not just the field of shingles. All this comes into play:

  • Flashing
  • Underlayment
  • Water shield
  • Drip edge
  • Starter shingles
  • Ridge vents

In the hands of a highly trained crew, each of those is an opportunity to highlight the beauty of your new shingle roof. In the hands of a Chuck-in-a-Truck roofer, each is a potential water leak and another headache.

West Orange Roofing wants to be your local residential roofer and is eager to work hard to earn your trust. Please contact us today so we can help you select the best shingle for your particular needs.

Call us today and we’ll be there tomorrow!