Which Shingle and Color is Right for You?
Very often customers call LaBelle Roofing and panic about choosing a shingle color for their new roof. This is understandable, as a roof is a capital expense and customers will be living with their new investment for a long time to come.
Choosing a color from a small booklet sample is difficult – it’s akin to picking a paint color from the small square sample you pick up at any paint store. Even a larger sample does not take into account light and the impact of colors in the surrounding environment. We at LaBelle Roofing will always provide you with a listing of locations with colors of interest, so you can drive by and see the colors in “real time.” In fact, we suggest you drive by on a cloudy day and a sunny day, as color can vary dramatically with different lighting.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled
We advise customers to take a look at various homes and then to take into account the lighting and surrounding colors of roofs in their own residential area. Our goal is for customers to feel confident they will enjoy their new roof for years to come.
LaBelle Roofing works with many shingle manufacturers, primarily the CertainTeed Landmark Shingle Series, IKO Cambridge Shingles, Owens-Corning Roofing Systems and GAF Lifetime Shingles.
All lines are Architectural Shingles (sometimes referred to as dimensional or laminate shingles), a term used to identify a premium grade of asphalt shingle roofing over regular shingle roofing. Architectural Shingles are thicker and have a more distinctive, textural quality than do regular shingles.
Regular, older roof shingles are referred to as “3-Tab” in the roofing industry. These types of shingles are applied in flat rows, with three flaps or tabs which leave quarter inch grooves between each panel. 3-Tab shingles do not have the textured and layered look that Architectural Shingles will provide.
Architectural Shingles consist of a fiberglass base coated with asphalt. They have a distinctive texture is created by overlaps and lamination. This makes the finished weight significantly greater than the weight of a 3-Tab Shingle. Additionally, architectural shingles provide customers with a wider color variety that is more subtle and variegated than you will find on older shingles.
Architectural Shingles have a 50% longer life span than 3-Tab shingles, due to their greater wind resistance and heavier granules of asphalt. Because of this and their wide variety of color options architectural Shingles are preferred by most customers.
Most realtors will recommend upgrading to an Architectural Shingle if you are replacing your roof or preparing your home for resale.
LaBelle Roofing is happy to help you discern your best choice of shingle and color for your new roof! Contact us today for a free and comprehensive assessment of your roofing needs.