So it’s time for a new roof on your Austin, Texas home. Which means it’s time for all the questions that go along with such a big project. You only get a few new roofs in your entire lifetime, so it’s not like you know all the in’s and out’s of roofs and the roofing industry. Finding a good roofer, for the right price, and making all the decisions you need to make about roof installation can be challenging. We understand that roofs are our business, not your business, so we take the time to really explain all your options and get you up to speed on what it takes to get a quality roof on your home in a fast, predictable, affordable way.
In this article we’ll go through some of the important issues around shingles -- including asphalt versus composition, durability, price, and more. Reading up about shingles should make you more comfortable as you go about making decisions on your new roof.
Shingle Roof Installation Questions to Consider in Austin
Let’s start with the most basic question of all -- what kind of roof are you going to choose? With all the advances in roofing technology and materials -- from solar cells to specialty tiles and shingles -- it can get to be a little daunting even just keeping all your options straight.
The most popular option for quite awhile has been asphalt shingles. But in recent years even these tried and true’s have undergone an awful lot of improvement and innovation, so you now have many underlying options when it comes to choosing shingles for your home.
Most of us are familiar with the tried and true asphalt shingles that cover many of the roofs in neighborhoods across the country. These are reliable, affordable, and have been tested in a wide range of conditions around the world. There are always considerations to take into account -- such as temperature range, wind elements, cold, amount of severe weather, likelihood of hail, etc.
Asphalt shingles of course contain asphalt, but they also include many other materials, all of which affect their quality, performance, and longevity. These materials include wood and fiberglass. Although the shingles have asphalt as exterior, their base can vary, from fiberglass to various types of wood.
You can probably pick out shingles for appearance based on your own tastes and opinions, but when it comes to the actual materials your shingles should be made of, always consult with your roofing company. They will be able to advise you on quality levels you need in order to make sure you get the best performance for the best price available.
Types of Shingles for Your New Roof in Austin
After deciding things like color and materials -- which depend on your personal taste, and how your roof will look in the context of your exterior, your landscaping, even your neighboring homes -- the next decision to make about shingles for your roof is which subtype is appropriate for your project. Shingles come in three formats.
The first subtype of shingle is the most standar, these are 3-tab shingle . These are highly familiar in local neighborhoods, and are very reliable, but lower standard than higher grade shingles. They’re also usually the least expensive type.
The second subtype of shingle is laminate/dimensional. These are an upgrade to the standard 3-tab, and should have a longer life and more durability. They’re usually more expensive than the 3-tab, but can be well-worth the price increase depending on your needs.
Finally, the third subtype of shingle is architectural grade, or premium. These shingles are heavier, more durable, and are often made of different materials, which is why they are an upgrade. They tend to cost as much as 25%-30% more than 3-tab, but, again, depending on your particular needs and wants, they might be your best option.
Contact Us to Learn More About New Shingle Roof Installation
As we’ve noted, there are always options on roofing projects, and the choices can seem overwhelming. We hope we’ve given you a decent background on shingles if you are considering this option for your new roof. You should ask every question that comes to mind when meeting with potential roofing companies, and, if they miss some of the options we’ve covered here, that might be a sign that you need to keep looking until you find a roofer who keeps up on all the new innovations, and who will work as hard at advising you, and communicating with you, as they do actually putting the roof on your home.