If you are looking to replace your roof, or are building new, you might consider the different choices you have on price. Roofing shingles are one of the costs you need to think about when replacing your roof. Not only the price, but the style, color and general look it will have on your house. There are a many colors to choose from in shingles. There are also different types of shingles as well.
One option is the Three-tab fiberglass shingles. They are the most common, usually because they are cheaper in price. The look is also different than architectural shingles; however, there is argument that the durability of the three tab is as good as some of the other types. In most cases, the three-tab shingles will last less than 10 years, especially where the weather is more severe. If you are lucky and get the right kind and install it properly, you will be lucky to have it last almost 25 years. Prices can vary, but typically can be from $29 to $60 per square.
The next option is laminated shingles or architectural shingles. These are usually more expensive; however they are more common and also very popular, plus they look more professional. These shingles usually have a 30 year warranty on them with a replacement guarantee after 10 years , while others even give you a lifetime warranty if installed correctly. Prices for the architectural shingles vary, but can be from $39 to $140 per square.
If you are looking to replace your roof and save money, then you should look into getting the three tab shingles. However, in some cases if you are looking to keep the value of your house, and if you are planning to stay in the house for a long time, you may consider the architectural shingles. Even though the price is higher, you may need to consider your roof as a long term investment. Longer lasting roofing shingles with a lifetime warranty can give you a sense of security. When having your roof installed, remember that if the installer doesn’t install it correctly, the warranty will be void. You cannot install shingles over two layers of existing shingles. Also, the shingles must be nailed, not stapled. There must be lumber sheeting beneath the shingles along with tar paper etc. If you have one layer of existing shingles, this may be a way you can save money because you don’t have to tear off the existing shingles. Shop and find the best deal for you and for your house.