A definitive guide to choosing the best shingles for your home roofing

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A definitive guide to choosing the best shingles for your home roofing
July 3
By Luke Wilson | Roofing

Shingle roofing installation is the best choice for homes and carriage houses in North Carolina because of the attractive styles, long-lasting durability, and the variety of color choices. When considering a new shingle roof, the roofing style of the home is the first thing that helps determine the type of shingle roofing installation that is appropriate. Peaked roofs make more of the roofing visible from the ground level, so the choice of shingles should consider the aesthetics. A beautiful, new roof enhances to look of a home and increases the property value.

When choosing a quality shingle roofing company the things to discuss are the roofing materials to be used, the shingle style, the color of the roof shingles, and the shingle roofing cost.

Skywalker Roofing Company is the most preferred roofing services provider in Greensboro, NC; our experts do everything from roof installation to roof inspection and repair to replacement. We’re proud to be the top choice for roofing services in Greensboro! Our team of experts is dedicated to providing quality roofing solutions for your home or business. From roof installation to roof inspection and repair, we do it all! Skywalker Roofing is your one-stop-shop for all your roofing needs. Call us today at +1 (336) 627-5596 to schedule a free consultation!

How to Choose the Right Shingle Roofing Materials

Asphalt shingle roofing and wood shingle roofing are both popular. Additionally, there are metal shingles available. Other types are made from slate or stone. Tile is also a possible choice. If algae might grow on the roof, it is a better idea to choose shingle roofing materials that are specially treated to be resistant to algae in order to avoid unsightly discoloration in the future.

Asphalt Shingle Styles

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For residential homes, asphalt shingles roofing is better than other roofing types and cost-effective. Here are some of the asphalt shingle roofing details to help understand the different styles.

When choosing asphalt singles, there are two basic types, which are three-tab shingles and architectural shingles.

Three-tab shingles are popular and economical, although the price does not differ much from the more robust architectural shingles. Three-tab shingles have a uniform look without as much depth as architectural shingles. If the pitch of the roof is not steep, three-tab shingles are a good choice, since not that much of the roof can be viewed from the ground level.

Architectural shingles (also called laminate shingles) are thicker than three-tab shingles. They have a substantial base mat with more layers of asphalt. The tabs come in different shapes and sizes. This creates a nice three-dimensional look by casting interesting shadows from the shingles on a home with a steeply pitched roof.

Architectural shingles are available that have a simulated wood-shake appearance while being more fire-resistant than real wood. Other asphalt shingles appear like slate, creating a very nice stone-like look at a lower cost than real slate shingles.

Color Options for Shingle Roofing

Besides standard black or gray shingles, there are many other colors to choose from. Consider a color for the roofing shingles that looks good with a complimentary painted trim color and the siding color on the home. Do not be afraid to use contrasting colors. For example, a home with lighter-colored trim and siding may be enhanced by having a darker-colored roof treatment.

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Many like to drive around the fancy neighborhoods to get ideas of color combinations that work together and look nice on the different styles of homes. It is also fun to search for attractive combinations in the photos of homes found on the Internet. Home decorators and architectural designers like to use color combinations of three different colors.

Examples of interesting three-color combinations include dark blue siding, offset by white trim, and a lighter-blue color for the shingles. Another example is a combination of earthy tones, such as brown shingles, dark green siding, and beige trim. Many paint companies have three-color combinations to use as suggestions for consideration.

Color choices, which are pleasing to different people, depend on personal taste; however, many feel comfortable with certain color combinations for a particular style of a home. A home that has a contemporary style needs different color choices than one that is more traditional.


When thinking about your new roof, work with Skywalker Roofing to decide the roofing materials to be used, the shingle style, and the color of the shingles. Skywalker Roofing has been serving Greensboro, North Carolina and the surrounding areas for many years. Skywalker Roofing is one of best shingle roofing contractors in the Greensboro, NC area. Ask to see some photos of the excellent work that was done for many satisfied clients to get ideas about what will look nice for your home. Get a quote for the shingle roofing cost from a company that specializes in asphalt shingle roofing installation. This is what you really want to make your dream home look spectacular.

Luke Wilson

Luke Wilson

Owner - Skywalker Roofing

Luke Wilson started working on roofs with his dad when he was a teenager, and eventually launched Skywalker Roofing in 2003. Skywalker operates in 5 locations across NC & VA, and now includes windows, siding, and other exterior services. Luke also hosts the popular Roofing Mythbusters series on YouTube.

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