Choosing the right shingles for your home’s roof can be a challenging task. The roof is probably the most important part of a building, and the shingles are what protects it from the elements. There are several different kinds of shingles, and not all of them will be best for your home. You need to consider how your new shingles will look on your roof, how much they will cost, and how effective they will be in protecting your home from damage during a severe storm. It’s a lot to consider, but like everything else related to home renovations, it gets easier when you break the decision-making process into smaller steps.

Consider the Climate

Since shingles are intended to protect your roof from damage, you need to consider the Colorado climate. Standard three-tab asphalt shingles are good for warmer climates and will last up to 30 years. They are also among the least expensive and most common roofing options. Tiles made from clay or terra cotta are also great if you want to give your roof a more beautiful look that will hold up to severe weather. In the Denver metro area, we can install most shingle types, depending on the day’s weather.

Go For Longer-Lasting Shingles

If you’re on a limited budget, you might be tempted to go with the cheapest shingles that you can find. Unfortunately, that’s not always a good idea. Even though you might think that you are saving money on an inexpensive roofing option, you will still have to spend more money on replacement shingles in about ten years or so. Since our region sees a lot of severe weather and harsh winters, you might even have to replace your shingles earlier than that. Shingles are too important to your home for you to just buy the cheapest material you can find. Go with something that is guaranteed to last at least a couple of decades, especially if you can find something with a great warranty.

Pick a Good Color

Choosing the best shingles for your home isn’t just a matter of picking out the most durable materials. Whatever you choose will also need to match the look of your house. Shingles come in a variety of colors, some of which can even be customized to match the rest of your home. Keep in mind that the color you choose could affect the heat inside your home. Darker colors will retain more heat, while a lighter color will give you a slightly cooler attic. If you want a home that will stay warmer in the winter, darker shingles might be the way to go. If you’re worried about staying cool, go with a lighter color.

Look Into Impact-Resistant Shingles

Impact Resistant Shingles from GAF

Impact Resistant Shingles from GAF

Colorado’s damaging hail season is considered to be from mid-April to mid-August. If you don’t want to make repairs on your roof every time it hails, consider investing in impact-resistant shingles. Impact-resistant shingles are relatively new class 4 products that are designed to withstand high winds, hail damage, and any kind of debris that might hit your home during a severe storm. They are typically made from aluminum, copper, resin, and plastic, but many of them (such as those available from GAF) still have a rugged wooden appearance that looks great on most homes. Impact-resistant shingles tend to be about 10 to 20 percent more expensive than standard shingles, but they are almost always worth the extra cost for those who have to contend with severe weather throughout the year. Since they are so much more durable, they will also last longer than other types of shingles before they need to be replaced. Depending on your insurance company, you also might qualify for discounts on homeowners insurance.

Shingles from HomeGuard Roofing & Restoration

If your home is located in or around Arvada, Colorado and you want to protect your roof with durable impact-resistant shingles, HomeGuard Roofing & Restoration can give you the protection you need. We offer ArmorShield shingles from GAF, which provides the excellent protection that you can expect from impact-resistant roofing materials, but they have the pleasing aesthetic of wooden shingles. For more information about these and other roofing products, contact us online today or by phone at (720) 708-4126.