Angie's List Report: Roofing Shingles

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Updated: 9/05/2013 11:47 pm

Perhaps the latest round of rains in eastern Idaho exposed some leaks in your roof. Before you decide on new shingles there are things to consider. In this Angie’s List report, what factors to consider before installation begins.

Lon and Janet Vonkonhn were in the market for a new roof after they noticed their shingles had come loose and were scattered throughout the yard. So they started doing their research with a roofing contractor.

“Before we choose the roof he brought samples and he suggested types of roof and he also suggested color and we did that and we’ve been very happy,” Janet Vonkonhn said of her meeting with roofing contractor, Tom Scribbins.

“There’s really only 3 shingles. There’s a 20 year three tab, which is probably the shingle that was put on the house when it was built. There’s a 25 year three tab, and there’s an architectural which is the laminated, people will say the fancy shingle, people will say ‘how come that roof looks so good?’ Chances are that’s a 30 year or lifetime laminated shingle,” Scribbins said.

Asphalt is the most common type of shingle used today and is relatively inexpensive, but other materials can also be used like wood, slate or tile. But the type of material used is really on one of the considerations people should look at, explains Angie's List found Angie Hicks.

“When determining what kind of product you want to use for your roof, first you want to think about what is their now? What kind of roofing material is being used on your house? What about your neighbor’s houses? What’s used in the neighborhood? What is going to fit best with the style? Also consider the color you choose. The great thing now is there are many choices, especially with asphalt shingles. A lot of roofing manufacturers also have a computer program that can show you exactly what it’s going to look like when it’s on your house. The last thing you want to do is pick a roof that doesn’t compliment your home or the neighborhood because you don’t want to be an eyesore,” Hicks said.

If the shingle is installed incorrectly, it will fail – that’s why it’s important to hire a reputable roofing contractor who has experience with the type of product you want.

“Reroofing your house is one of the biggest projects you’ll do as a homeowner. Your roof typically last 20 to 30 years, so you want to find a reputable contractor who is licensed, has insurance because you are going to have people on your roof, so you want to make sure they have worker’s comp insurance. And that they have a good reputation and good warranty for standing behind their work,” Hicks said.

Choosing a color for your roof project is not always easy. Hold up samples against the exterior of your home. Does it compliment your brick/paint colors? And look at the sample in both the sun and the shade.

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