Considering that your roof is an essential part of your home's construction, your home’s overall appeal, and your family's safety, your roof deserves a great deal of attention. In fact, whether you are building a home from scratch or just need to update your existing home, choosing shingles for your roof can be an overwhelming process.

Not only will you need to determine which material is best for your needs, but you also need to choose from a variety of shingle styles and colors. With this guide and your contractor's help, you will be able to find the best roofing shingles for your home.

Durability

One of the most important decisions you need to make is in regard to the shingle type's durability. Each material will look different, and it will also have a different life expectancy. Due to these differences, you should complete a substantial body of research before deciding on what material to use on your roof. Here is some information regarding the durability of different roofing materials:

  • Asphalt. Asphalt shingles are the most common choice for homeowners because they are the most affordable choice. Due to the relatively low cost and the ease of installation, many people prefer these shingles.
  • Wood shakes. Pre-treated wood shingles are attractive options for your roof, but they can be more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles. Most homeowners are pleasantly surprised to learn that wood shake shingles are resistant to rot and insect damage.
  • Metal. The most durable of roofing materials is metal. Galvanized, stainless steel, or copper shingles and panels offer an intense durability of up to 50 years.
  • Slate or clay. Lastly, slate or clay tiles are becoming popular options for homeowners who prefer a more rustic, natural look. Not only are these tiles resistant to fading and rot, but they will also stand up to harsh weather and intense environmental conditions.

It is also important to note that these shingle lifespans are just averages; each manufacturer may warranty the shingle for a shorter period of time.

Energy Efficiency

A great deal of energy is used throughout your home, and a portion of this energy can be conserved. While an energy-efficient HVAC system will conserve costs to heat and cool your home, choosing an energy-efficient material for your roof is also wise.
Opting for roofing materials certified by Energy Star will help you maintain a cool home, reducing your cooling costs in the peak season by 10 to 15 percent.
The material and color of your shingles will play a role in your roof's energy efficiency. Dark shingles absorb more heat from the sun, and this heat will move down into your home, making the interior air warmer. This additional heat will require you to run your air conditioner longer, increasing your cooling costs and wasting energy. 
To create a cooler roof for your home and reduce your energy use, opt for a lighter-colored shingle, such as a tan asphalt shingle or a clay tile.

Color

The color of your roof is not only important for conserving energy, but it is also an essential role in your home's curb appeal and value. Certain shingle materials and colors will not work well cosmetically with certain styles of home.
For example, a galvanized metal roof would not be attractive on a brick home with a traditional architectural design. Clay tiles would not complement a modern home with a gray stucco exterior.
Never choose a shingle color that matches the color of your home's siding. Choosing the same color will cause the roof and siding colors to blend, creating a monotone and bland look.
If the exterior walls of the house are colorful or vibrant, tone down the look with a muted, neutral roofing material.
You should also compare shingle colors at various times of the day. Bring a few colors of shingles to your home in the morning, during the heat of the day, and at night. This will allow you to see how the shingles will look when it is light, sunny, and dark outside.
Replacing your roofing shingles does not have to be a stressful ordeal. For more advice on shingles for your home, contact Deep South Roofing today.