Here’s a quick quiz: What type of roof will last the longest? Which residential roofing shingle is the best? What is the equation for successful shingle roof installation? Getting all three of those questions right will be child’s play by the time you finish reading this brief primer on perfect shingles.
Shingles are far and away the most popular roofing material for residential homes in North America. They are economical to install, long-lasting, and attractive.
Don’t be fooled into thinking the ideal, perfect shingle is out there, just beyond your awareness. The perfect shingle for your home is the shingle which fits your budget, taste, home’s architecture, and color scheme.
Shingles come in style lines, in many colors, and in several price lines. You will benefit from considering a shingle’s appearance first and its cost last. Also important: selecting a reputable shingle manufacturer.
Owens Corning offers shingles using Surenail® Technology, a wide range of styles to fit any home architecture, and bold colors sure to catch your neighbors’ envious eyes.
Surenail® Technology puts a unique fabric strip in the nailing area of every Duration® series shingle. This reinforced nailing line gives outstanding gripping power. Your shingle is strong, durable, and beautiful.
Owens Corning also offers six style and price lines:
- Duration Designer®
Within each series, you can find an abundance of color options from energy-efficient Shasta White to marvelous Merlot, a deep red color sure to help your Central Florida home stand out.
A good, economical three-tab shingle from any leading manufacturer should last around 20 years with proper installation. With a company of CertainTeed’s reputation, expect even their basic strip shingles, the XT™ 30 IR and XT™ 25, to come with a 30-year and 25-year warranty, respectively.
CertainTeed is noted for its wide range of shingle products, including bold statements like Grand Manor® luxury shingles which perfectly mimic natural slate using innovative touches like randomly placed tabs, creating shadow lines to provide the amazing depth and dimensionality of a natural slate roof.
The Presidential Shake® line gives you all the beauty and charm of old-fashioned, split-wood shakes with the energy efficiency and fire resistance of composite asphalt shingles. It is the industry’s thickest, sturdiest, toughest shingle. An added benefit: CertainTeed’s Presidential Shake® gives you the look and beauty of wood shakes at a fraction of the cost.
Whichever shingle you choose, and both Owens Corning and CertainTeed are excellent options, you want your roof to last and last. How can you extend the life of a product already guaranteed to last at least 20 years?
Regular maintenance performed by your local, helpful roofer is the solution. No homeowner, no amateur, no handyman should be walking on your roof. Leave annual inspection and routine maintenance to the trained professionals. A residential roofer has the safety equipment, right tools, and proper technique to navigate a steep-slope roof.
What does regular maintenance get you?
- Small repairs cost less
- Water leaks are nipped at the first drop
- Shingles stay free of moss, algae, and debris.
- Insects and larger pests never get a foothold into your attic
Your entire roof lasts longer, stretching your installation dollar.
A Little Math
We end with a small math lesson. You can invest in the absolute gems of either Owens Corning or CertainTeed, their finest shingles, and then still get a terrible roof. How? By not considering the expertise, history, and reputation of the roofer installing the premium product.
It’s often said a really good roofer can put down the least expensive strip shingle and provide decades of solid service, while a really bad roofer can destroy the beauty and perfection of the finest luxury shingle.
Installation is half the equation: Shingle + Superior Roofer = Long-lasting roof.
In the hands of an expert residential roofing crew, one trained by factory experts, your Central Florida roof will go down and stay down for years to come.
So, how did you do?
- What type of roof will last the longest? The type using the best materials you can afford, is expertly installed, and receives proper annual maintenance.
- Which residential roofing shingle is the best? The roofing shingle which fits your needs for style, color, budget, and life span, from a leading manufacturer such as CertainTeed or Owens Corning.
- What is the equation for successful shingle roof installation? Shingles + Superior Roofer = Long-lasting roof. Buy the highest quality shingle your budget allows and have the most reputable, careful roofer install it.
West Orange Roofing is the right answer to every residential roofing question. Contact us today and put us to the test. We offer free estimates and shingles guaranteed for life. Go ahead: call us today and we’ll be there tomorrow!