RoofingTips – Help On Shingle Selection

If you live in Dallas, chances are you know more about roofing than the average home owner.  After roofing Dallas homes for many years we understand there is no “one size fits all” set of shingles for our clients homes.  Price, aesthetics, and color are just a few variables to consider when.  Put simply, your choice in shingles could have a major impact on your property’s value and comfort level. Shingles vary greatly in cost. While homeowners may take a different approach to replacement roofs as opposed to new constructions, some factors always remain important. Here are tips on how to choose shingles for your roof.


  1. Get an overview of current shingle prices and labor costs for a full installation. Homeowners might feel ready to tackle a DIY shingle project, but in almost every case, you are better off hiring professionals. Ask different roofing companies what it would cost to install shingles on a home of your size. When they ask of the type of shingle you hope to use, have a few different options for them so you can see the difference in labor charges.
  1. Check on building code and homeowner association policies. In some instances, you may be limited when it comes to the type of shingle you choose, as you’ll have to select the type designated by your condo or home owners association rules. Check on recent changes to building codes in your municipality as well. Environmental standards are constantly changing as cities try to become greener.
  1. Take weather into account. Styles and colors are a matter of aesthetic taste, but don’t ignore the realities of local weather when deciding on shingles for your roof. Metal shingles, which can last up to 40 years, are also resistant to moss buildup in humid climates. Asphalt shingles can last as long as 20 years and are excellent at repelling rainwater.  The climate in our area makes it especially challenging for roofers in Dallas.
  1. Find out if you need to choose shingles according to fire codes. If you live in an area known for wildfires, your state will determine which types of materials are permitted according to the severity of the hazard in your locale. Your roofer can only install shingles that are deemed viable by the state.
  1. After settling practical and legal concerns, find a style that matches your home’s design. Within any set of requirements, you will have options in color and type of shingle. While cedar shingles may be the answer for a cabin in the woods, clay shingles continue to be a favorite in Spanish-style homes of the Southwest.


Choosing shingles for your roof must involve the practical concerns of durability and safety. Once you are sure the shingles are up to code, choose a style you think works best with your home’s design.  If you have questions that need