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The Style of Your Shingles

The architectural integrity of every building relies on a strong foundation and a well-built roof. In terms of your home’s longevity and efficiency, a new roof is likely to be the most important purchase you’ll ever make. Nothing shields you from the elements as well and no other single structure has as dramatic of an effect on your home’s comfort and energy efficiency.

Most homes that are more than 10 or 15 years old have roofs topped off with 3-tab asphalt shingles. They’re still available, and still do a fine job, but you have many other options today. The styles of asphalt shingles that we offer from GAF, the #1 manufacturer in North America, include architectural, architectural specialty, premium designer, and 3-tab shingles. Learn more about each different type of shingle below to determine which is best for you and your home.

Architectural Shingles

Architectural shingles have become a homeowner favorite because they blend the affordable durability of asphalt shingles with the look of real wood shake shingles. Color, size and shape variations among the tabs result in a more “dimensional” look that has become popular.

Architectural Specialty Shingles

Specialty Shingles give you an architectural shingle profile that looks just like wood shake shingles with a couple of different options. The Timberline® Cool Series reflects sunlight to help reduce attic heat build-up and save energy in the hot summer months. Timberline® ArmorShield™ II Roofing offers Class IV impact resistance to guard against storms. They’re so strong, you may even save on homeowners insurance!

Premium Designer Shingles

Designer styles make it easy to give your roof the appearance of real slate, dramatic, handcrafted wood shakes, hand-cut European shingles, clay tile and more. Choose from 10 distinctive profiles, each available in a wide range of colors, to give your home the perfect finishing touch.

3-Tab Shingles

You have two different options when it comes to 3-Tab Shingles. Marquis WeatherMax® shingles are designed for homeowners who demand superior performance, classic detailing and the traditional appeal of a basic, 3-tab shingle. Royal Sovereign® shingles offer simple, timeless beauty and GAF’s Advanced Protection™ technology, making it GAF’s most popular 3-tab shingle. Both options are available in many colors, too.

At Tri-State Home Improvement, quality defines value which is why we exclusively feature GAF roofing products – the #1 selling brand in North America. See the Tri-State difference for yourself and book a free, no-obligation home estimate for your home improvement needs!

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Different Types of Roofing

A new roof is a big purchase. With the numerous types of roofing and shingles, how do you know which one to choose?

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Take a look at the homes in your neighborhood, and you’ll likely see a majority of their roofs have asphalt shingles. Far and wide, asphalt shingles are the more used type of roofing. They are relatively inexpensive, however, they have a short lifespan relatively. You can expect asphalt shingles to last 20 to 30 years.

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If you’ve traveled to the Southwest states, you’ll be familiar with tile shingles. While these shingles last more than 50 years, they are among the most expensive. They are also much heavier than asphalt shingles. Before you get your heart set on the beautiful colonial Spanish style look of these tile shingles, make sure that your home can structurally support their weight.

In comparison to tile shingles, slate tiles are much more popular in the Northeast. Similarly, slate tile is extremely durable with a life span equal to that of tile. Slate shingles are also on the more expensive side. But if your budget won’t work with real slate shingles, check out synthetic slate. Synthetic slate isn’t quite as long-lasting, but it is just as aesthetically pleasing.



Wood shingles can be made from any type of wood. Hardwood, such as cedar, shingles have been known to last as long as 50 years! Their earthy, rustic appearance makes them popular because of the aesthetics, however, they do require a bit of maintenance. Generally, wood shingles are more expensive than asphalt tiles.


At Tri-State Home Improvement, we only use the best quality products so you can be confident that no matter what type of roofing you decide on, your family will be safe and dry no matter the season. Keeping your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Ready to get started? Contact us today for a free estimate!

Tips for choosing a roof to fit your style, budget

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Choosing a roof for your home is a big decision. It’s not like a poorly chosen paint color you can change up in a weekend. A good roof will last you decades, so you want to make sure you choose the right materials for your budget and home style.

How long are you planning on staying in the home?

Asphalt shingles are a good budget-friendly option. The initial costs are lower than metal alternatives, making it ideal for homeowners who cannot afford a metal roof or don’t intend to stay in the home long enough to recoup the cost savings of a metal roof.

Asphalt roofs are also backed by our Golden Pledge Warranty. This warranty will cover your roof for its lifetime and give you peace of mind and less worry. It is the strongest warranty on the market and includes a factory inspection on your finished roof.

For homeowners looking to stay in their home longer than the lifespan of an asphalt roof, metal is the way to go. Metal roofs are becoming more popular in residential homes because they are more energy efficient, withstand the weather better and are less costly than asphalt, because you don’t have to replace them as often. Plus, from the street, you can’t even tell the roof isn’t asphalt!

Not all shingles are made the same

If you’re going with asphalt shingles, there are lots of decisions to consider: Style, color, longevity and affordability. A good asphalt roof should last 20 years, so longevity is the most important factor to consider.

Tri-State uses GAF Roofing products. They’re Hank approved because they go through rigorous testing to ensure you’ll have great protection at any budget. We have three options:

  • Three-Tab Shingle, which offers basic protection and at an affordable price
  • Timberline Architectural Shingles. These shingles have a beautiful look to them and come with a Lifetime Limited Warranty
  • Lifetime Designer Shingles are our most durable option and come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. They come in dozen styles and colors

Curb appeal

Whether you’re going with asphalt shingles or metal, there are dozens of colors and styles to choose from and they all add to your home’s appearance. You can choose a simple Three-Tab asphalt shingle or a Lifetime Designer Shingle designed to look like wood shakes and just about anything in between.

Hank and the experts at Tri-State can help walk you through the process, to pick a roofing style that fits your needs, budget and the style of your home.