How to Shop for Roofing Shingles

If you’re in the market to buy new roofing shingles, you will have to take a look at the different types that are available before making a purchase to ensure you select the right ones. Asphalt is the most commonly used residential roofing material and the shingles are available in three-tab, architectural and multi-layered styles. Multi-layered architectural shingles are the most expensive type and are known to perform better than the other styles because they consist of three to four layers that overlap. Shingle types that consist of fewer layers and are less expensive can still perform effectively, so it’s important to do your research and consider the following aspects when shopping for roofing products:

  1. Check the shingle warranty. Many manufacturers offer lifetime protection, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a lifetime of full replacements. Manufacturers have a certain period of time during which they will pay the roof’s original owner in full for the replacement of any defective shingles and this is normally a period of 10 years, after which you’ll only be reimbursed for your shingles depreciated value. Inspect the warranty carefully so that you’re aware of what is actually being offered. Coverage matters, so make sure you know the details surrounding the warranty.
  2. Once you select the shingle style, you must then choose a contractor. You can check that particular shingle maker’s website to see if they have any recommendations or get local references to select a reliable roofer. Make sure you check their licencing and insurance certificates because all reputable contractors will have these documents to provide clients with peace of mind. Select a contractor with experience and read reviews online, which will say a lot about their reputation.
  3. Shop around for estimates from different contractors and don’t settle for the first price you’re told. Ask to see a breakdown of the costs, including labour charges, the work that needs to be done, warranty details, the time needed to complete the job, the number of shingles that are needed and, of course, a payment schedule. In most cases, the roofer will order the shingles and provide you with the manufacturer’s documents, so make sure you keep these papers in case they are needed in the future. Compare the different costs to see which company is offering the best value.
  4. Look into installer warranties, which are separate from the product warranty offered by the shingle manufacturer. Workmanship warranties must be presented in writing and not every contractor will offer this type of warranty, so check different websites to see if this is something they provide.

Reliable roofing companies are hard to come by, but All Pro Roofing will make sure you are in good hands. If you’re in the Caledon, Collingwood, Shelburne or Orangeville areas and want a roofing contractor you can trust, give us a call and we will take care of all of your roofing needs, including repairs. Contact us today for more information!

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