In the United States, the most common way to roof a house is by using roof shingles. There are several manufacturers of roof shingles that offer different types, models, and colors to choose from. Some of them are American, like GAF, while others are foreign, like Iko. They all offer excellent quality and long term guarantees.
Selecting the type of roof shingles that are appropriate for your house is not easy. Aside from the different colors and designs, there are several types of materials to choose from. If you have little or no experience with roof shingles, it is better to consult with someone you know and trust and who has experience in the building industry.
Once you have a better idea of the types of roof shingles that you need, you can start to look at different suppliers catalogs, and compare the different designs and colors. I must warn you that the number of selections can be overwhelming. If you plan to live with someone on the house, like your spouse, then it is better if you tackle this task between you two, as give each other opinions and suggestions so you narrow down the color and style of the roof shingles you are considering to a much more manageable number.
Once you have chosen a color range and a style, you will be better prepared to speak with representatives and sales agents of the different suppliers you are considering. Moreover, because buying shingles is not cheap, and they can not be easily replaced or changes, it is very important to select the right ones, as you will be looking at them for the following 30 or 40 years.
You can also make a spreadsheet or some other control format to use when you compare roof shingles from different suppliers. In addition to the price, you should also take into consideration other factors, such as availability, guarantee, installation, delivery time, service, etc. One of the main features that all brands handle is a network of licensed contractors that can install your roof shingles for an extra price. You should take not of the time they take to install as well as the price they charge, which added with the price of the shingles can turn an inexpensive purchase into an expensive one and vice versa.
A last bit of advise, while watching catalogs of roof shingles online is very practical, screen settings might alter slightly the color of the shingles. Therefore, always ask to see the shingles before you buy them in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.