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Angie's List: Tips For Choosing Roofing Materials

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - Is your roof in need of a makeover?

There is a wide selection of roofing shingles available today, but all those choices can be confusing.

Have no fear, because Angie's List has some advice about what factors to consider before installation begins.

Lon and Janet Vonkonhn were in the market for a new roof after they noticed their shingles had come loose and were scattered throughout the yard.

Before making a choice, they consulted with a roofing contractor, who discussed the pros and cons of materials available.

"Before we chose the roof he brought samples and he suggested types of roofing and he also suggested color and we did that and we've been very happy," Janet said.

Asphalt is the most common type of shingle used today and is relatively inexpensive, but other materials can also be used like wood, slate or tile.

"When determining what kind of product you want to use for your roof, first you want to think about what is there now? A lot of roofing manufacturers also have a computer program that can show you exactly what it's going to look like when it's on your house. The last thing you want to do is pick a roof that doesn't compliment your home or the neighborhood because you don't want to be an eyesore," Angie Hicks from Angie's List said.

If the shingle is installed incorrectly, it will fail - that's why it's important to hire a reputable roofing contractor who has experience with the type of product you want.

"Reroofing your house is one of the biggest projects you'll do as a homeowner. Your roof typically last 20 to 30 years, so you want to find a reputable contractor who is licensed and has insurance because you are going to have people on your roof. So. you want to make sure they have worker's comp insurance. And that they have a good reputation and good warranty for standing behind their work," Hicks said.

Choosing a color for your roof project is not always easy. Be sure to look at the samples in both the sun and the shade.


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