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How to pick the right shingle for your roof

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

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Their first order of business was to consult with a roofing contractor.

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

Experts say there are only three types of shingles: 20-year three-tab, 25-year three-tab, and 30-year (lifetime) laminated.

Asphalt is the most common type of shingle used today and is relatively inexpensive, but other materials can be used, such as 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," said Angie Hicks from Angie's List. "What about your neighbor's houses, what is going to fit best with the style," she added. "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 it to be an eyesore."

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.

"Re-roofing 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, 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.

"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. Otherwise you paid him and then a year later here comes the supply house wanting you to pay for those shingles again. Doesn't seem fair and you would think that you can get out of it, you can't, they are going to put a lien on your house," said roofing contractor Tom Scribbins.

Choosing a color for your roof is not always easy. Hold up samples against the exterior of your house. Does it compliment your brick or paint colors? Look at the sample in both the sun and the shade.

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