A James Craig home with 30-year dimensional shingles and color-matched valley flashing along the seam where the gable meets the rest of the roof.
Today’s dramatic roof lines are a visible, important part of the home’s overall aesthetic. High-definition dimensional shingles give the roof depth and create the look of cedar shake shingles, without the maintenance. Most neighborhoods require dimensional shingles with a 30-year warranty, so be sure that’s what’s being specified for your home. The HD SERIES from CertainTeed is an excellent dimensional shingle.
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While doing your research, also ask builders whether the valley flashing, roof vents and gutter apron are color matched to the roof. Drive through a new subdivision and take note of the glare coming off of the galvanized steel valley flashing (which will eventually rust) on many homes. Matching the flashing color to the shingle color makes these necessary roof parts less noticeable.