How To Pick Your Roof Shingle Style

8 December 2014
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If you are in the process of new construction or revamping your existing home exterior, one thing that may not be first on your mind is the shingles for your roof. You may think that all shingles are the same, but they're not. There are countless designs and styles to choose from. The first step in picking out the perfect look is to take an evaluation of your existing structure and what you currently have to work with. Here are some ways to pick out the right type of roof shingle style for your home.

Explore What's Available

When talking to your contractor about your roofing project, ask him about the latest in roofing products and innovation. Choosing an eco-friendly roofing material can help improve the overall efficiency of your home. Some eco-friendly options include roofing materials made from:

  • Metal
  • Recycled materials
  • Natural clay and slate based

Shingles or tiles that are made from recycled materials are one way to become a more eco-friendly homeowner. Selecting a roofing option that also insulates your home can also be beneficial. SPF or spray polyurethane foam-based roofs can help insulate your home and provide an excellent moisture-resistance barrier. In some cases, new roofing products can also save you money because they may offer a rebate or tax-savings incentives. 

What's Your Home's Architectural Style?

In order to create maximum curb appeal and create a focal point, you'll want to match your new roof with the overall style of your house. For example, if you have a southwestern-style home, clay roofing may be aesthetically pleasing. More contemporary designs would benefit from multi-colored shingles in the design and colors of your choice. Wood-shake shingles give a lot of dimension and depth to ranch-style homes that are newly built or renovated. You can make wood shake roofs more eco-friendly by sealing them with a finish that has a UV-resistant barrier.

Budget Options

Installing quality roofing on your home can be expensive. It's important to sit down with your roofing contractor and go over final budget costs. Shingles and roofing materials range in style, quality and energy efficiency. Choose a roofing option that will not only save your money now but also in the long run. Insulating your attic, walls and installing energy efficient windows can keep your energy costs down year-round and provide a long-term cost savings.

Visualize The Finished Product

Maybe you have your heart set on a metal roof for your home but your builder suggests that it may not look aesthetically pleasing. It's important to look ahead to what the finished project may appear as. Look up new roof plans online or take a drive around the neighborhood to see what styles are trending. You may have to change the color of your siding or repaint your trim and shutters to match up your current style with your new roof.

There are many things to consider when it comes to purchasing a new roof. Your ideas along with the input from an experienced roofing contractor at RSG Home Improvements LLC will help you achieve the goals of a beautiful home.