Your roof does more than just keep the rain out — it protects your home from all kinds of weather and natural forces while giving you a definitive look. Matching your roof shingles to your house is the icing on the cake. It makes your house feel like a home.

Choosing the right roof shingle can be easy, especially when you work with the professionals at J & B West Roofing and Construction.


The first step in choosing the right roofing shingle is to learn the lingo. Roofers take measurements in “squares,” which is a 100-square-foot area. A 40’x40’ home is approximately 16 sq (1600 sq ft), depending on the pitch of the roof and number of dormers and shingle layers etc.

Cost Considerations

Another key to choosing roof shingles for your home is knowing your budget. Skylights, chimneys and flashing can all increase cost and your estimator will advise what your home or business needs.

Materials and Warranties

Choosing the right roofing shingle means matching your materials and warranties to your location as well. Here in Northwest Indiana, we have to prepare for wet summers and winters. As a result, your roof needs to withstand a variety of complex climates.

Your new roof needs to complement your home, and material choice can help. Technology has improved the composition and durability of all products on the market, allowing longer life and warranties.

J & B West Roofing and Construction has years of experience helping customers with these decisions, and we can bring that expertise to you today.

A look at a particular roofing shingle option.

Layover vs Tearoff

The International Residential Code only allows two layers of shingles per structure. If your home or business has multiple layers and/or cedarshake, we would request a full tear off to inspect the condition of the decking and install one new layer to meet code. Roofs with one layer of organic or asphalt shingles that are aging but maintain good decking could qualify for installation of shingles over the existing layer, known as layover. Contact us today for an analysis of your roof.

Matching Your Roof Shingle to Your House

One of the final aspects of choosing the right roofing shingle for your home is making it part of your overall aesthetic. Matching your roof shingles to your house’s décor, style and landscaping can create the perfect curb appeal. Match your personality and style with not only the right shingle type, but also the perfect color.

As an Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor, you can use the Owens Corning design center to match color to your personality and see how any color option would look on your home by uploading a picture of it. We support all 28 custom-designed color palettes to give you the right look.

For more information about how to choose the right roof shingle for your home, contact us today.