Angie's List: Types of Roofing Shingles

If you're working to repair or replace your roof. Be prepared to make many decisions.

"There's really only three shingles. There's a twenty year three tab, which is probably the shingle that was put on the house when it was built. There's a twenty-five year three tab and there's an architectural which is the laminated," says roofing contractor, Tom Scribbins.

Asphalt is the most popular choice among homeowners. Its durable and relatively expensive. But, other materials like wood...tile...or slate are also options.

"When determining what kind of product you want to use for your roof, first you want to think about what is their now? What kind of roofing material is being used on your house? What about your neighbor's houses? What used in the neighborhood?" says Angie's List, Angie Hicks.

Your roof typically lasts twenty to thirty years, so you want to find a reputable contractor who is licensed.

Experts say contractors should also have a good reputation and good warranty for standing behind their work.

"Most people know to get a lien release for labor. Fewer people know that they should get a lien release for material, and that means you want proof that this guy has paid for the stuff at the supply house,"says Scribbins.

Experts also say, homeowners should gather at least three bids before making decisions for a contractor.


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