Purchasing A New Shingle Roof

When getting a new or replacement roof on your home or business there are a few simple facts to remember.

All roofing contractors are not the same. The right company will install it to perform better and last longer. The materials must be installed the way the manufacturer specifies because they engineered them. Check the roofing contractor out before you hire them. Make sure they have a good, long reputation for quality.

All shingle types and manufacturers are not the same either. See consumer reports and look around online before you buy. I ( Robert Andrews) recommend CertainTeed manufacturer for quality and service and warranty.

The limited lifetime guaranteed fiber-glass asphalt algae resistant shingles are driving the market in the mid Atlantic region including Hampton Roads and Richmond, Virginia and in the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina. They look great and perform well with a 130 mile per hour (mph) wind warranty when installed properly with the proper accessories such as pre-cut starter strips and cap or ridge shingles. A 3-tab shingle will work, but only comes with a 60 mph wind warranty in some cases and does not look as good. Wind rating may be higher. Architectural shingles are reasonably priced making them the best value in many cases.

Remember that your roof is a big part of how your home or business looks from the curb too. Take your time making decisions about style and color. Go online and consult with the contractor.

A roof is not cheap so pick the right roofer and material for the job. It is at least a 20 year commitment once it is on your building. Thank you. Good luck!

Robert Andrews                                                                                                                       robert@andrewsroofing.com