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The Importance of Quality Roofing Materials

The Importance of Quality Roofing Materials

If it’s time for a roof replacement, you’ve likely gotten, or considered getting multiple quotes from different roofing companies. You may expect these quotes to differ slightly, but what if they’re separated by over a thousand dollars?

While there are several factors that contribute to your roof replacement quote, one of the most important to consider is the quality of the roofing materials being installed. Sure, that cheaper quote may seem like a no brainer in the moment… but what if one of the reasons it’s cheaper is the quality of the materials being used?

In this blog, we’ll dive into the benefits of choosing quality roofing materials, including:

Alright, let’s get started!


When it comes to protecting your home from the elements, the durability of your roofing materials is crucial, particularly your shingles. The durability of a particular shingle will depend on its manufacturer and style.

Regardless of the manufacturer, three-tab shingles tend to be the cheapest option for a roof replacement, but they’re also less resistant to the elements. Three-tab shingles from reputable manufacturers like GAF and CertainTeed may be of a higher quality than some other shingles, but they still don’t hold up as well as architectural shingles.worn out three tab shingle_WebP

We have a detailed blog about the different types of shingles that you can check out here, but for now, you should know that architectural shingles are the most common and cost-effective option for your roof. Their layered design makes them far more resistant to wind damage, which generally means they’ll hold up to the cheaper three-tab design.

But what if you already know you’ll be installing an architectural shingle? Aren’t they all the same? Absolutely not.

While architectural shingles may appear similar on the surface from one brand to the next, their quality will depend on the manufacturer and what they use to construct their shingles.  

For example, superior sealant technology found in high-quality architectural shingles like those produced by GAF and CertainTeed provides a secure roofing system that can withstand powerful winds. This higher quality sealant is designed to resist wind damage, offering reliable protection against gusts that could otherwise cause significant harm to your roof. It also helps prevent shingles from separating over time, which can make your roof more susceptible to leaks.

Some high-quality shingles, like GAF Timberline UHDZ shingles, also incorporate innovative solutions, such as copper granules, which act as a natural deterrent against the growth of blue-green algae. This proactive approach protects the visual appeal of your roof against unsightly stains and runoff.

Additionally, more durable roofing systems include a high-quality ice and water shield and underlayment. These added layers of protection prevent water from infiltrating your home, safeguarding against leaks and potential water damage.

Aesthetic Appeal

The appearance of your roof plays a vital role in the overall curb appeal of your home. Quality shingles often come with a better selection of colors and designs, enabling homeowners to find the perfect match for their architectural style and personal preferences. From classic neutrals to vibrant hues, these shingles can enhance the color and textured appearance of the roof, complementing the home and its surroundings.nice matching shingle roof_WebP-1

The difference in aesthetics between higher quality shingles is also quite dramatic. Looking at a three-tab roof as compared to an architectural roof, the dimension is quite noticeable.

For example, the dual shadow line on GAF Timberline UHDZ shingles creates a dynamic shadow effect that adds depth and character to the roof, giving it “sunset shadows” throughout the day. This look enhances the appeal of your roof as opposed to some of the cheaper options, which can appear flatter and less textured. Whether your home has a traditional or contemporary design, quality shingles are designed to blend seamlessly with any style, giving your property a polished and timeless look.


Another significant advantage of investing in quality roofing materials is the peace of mind that comes with better warranties. Reputable manufacturers often back their products with comprehensive warranties, demonstrating their confidence in the durability and reliability of their roofing materials. While lower quality roofing materials may come with warranty options, their manufacturers will have a harder time guaranteeing the durability of their products. Because of this, the warranties they offer aren’t usually as robust as those of reputable manufacturers.all the ones together

High-quality shingles from reputable manufacturers typically come with extended warranties that cover a range of issues, including manufacturing defects, high wind speeds, and algae resistance. Some products, like the GAF Timberline UHDZ, also come with a warranty option (GAF Golden Pledge) that cover workmanship for up to 25 years These warranties offer homeowners the reassurance that their investment is protected for a considerable period, giving them confidence in their roofing choice.

Why Opt for a Higher Quality Roof?

Choosing quality roofing materials is an essential decision for any homeowner considering a new shingle roof installation. Not only do quality roofing materials enhance the visual appeal of your home, but they also provide the durability and protection needed to withstand various weather conditions.

Investing in high-quality roofing materials may seem too expensive in the moment, which is totally understandable. But rest assured, it is a wise long-term decision that ensures your home remains safe, secure, and visually appealing for years to come. From a broader selection of colors and designs to advanced technologies that enhance wind and rain resistance, these roofing materials offer numerous benefits that elevate the value of your home.

It's also important to understand what you’re getting with any given roof replacement. Not all contractors install a full roofing system, and therefore aren’t able to offer any warranties on them (or at least ones that will be upheld by the manufacturer!)

Additionally, the peace of mind that comes with extensive warranties further reinforces the idea that quality roofing materials are worth the investment. So, when you are planning to install a new shingle roof, remember to prioritize quality, as it is the key to a beautiful, durable, and well-protected home.

On Tops Roofing has been installing high-quality roofing materials around the Raleigh, North Carolina area since we opened our doors in 1991! Whatever your roof requires, We’re on it!

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