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What Are the Best Shingles for Tennessee?

How to select the best roof shingles for your Tennessee home

In Tennessee, the most popular shingle types are laminated shingles (otherwise known as architectural shingles) and 3-tab shingles. Architectural shingles are the better option for Tennessee homes due to their increased durability and longer lifespan. Architectural shingles will stand up to the elements in Tennessee and will need less frequent repairs. This shingle type is also roughly the same price as installing 3-tab shingles, making it the superior option.

Special Considerations for Roof Shingles in Tennessee

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Rain, snow, and heavy wind storms are only a few of the problems homeowners must consider when selecting a shingle type for their roof. Tennessee homeowners will often face ice dams and condensation as additional problems related to roof longevity. Special considerations to keep in mind when choosing a shingle type for your Tennessee home include:


Affordability will be one of the first and most important factors to consider. Because the two most popular shingle types are similar in price, it makes sense to weight out other important factors in comparison to cost.

When it comes to the affordability of a type of shingle, you'll need to consider more than just the cost of materials. The material for three-tab shingles will naturally be cheaper. This is due to being 50% lighter and made of less dense material. The problem? Three-tab shingles are time-intensive to install because each shingle much be individually installed on the roof. This makes the price of installing three-tab shingles skyrocket. In fact, many roofers will end up charging the same for laminate and three-tab shingles.

It’s a more financially savvy decision to spend extra on the laminated shingles than to go with the cheaper 3-tab shingles. Their durability will make the slightly higher price tag worth the cost. Whereas, if you decide to go with three-tab shingles you may find the costly repairs adding up quickly.


Tennessee’s rain, snow, and wind storms can be destructive toward roofs. This means you need to have a durable and expertly installed roof.

Because of the way laminated shingles are installed (in one piece instead of individually), they are a superior option to three-tab shingles. Three-tab shingles tend to easily be ripped from roofs during heavy wind storms.Unless you're keen on replacing three-tab shingles after every storm, your best option when it comes to shingles is laminated.

If you pick a roofing material that isn’t durable you could find yourself re-roofing sooner than you’d like. The lifespan of shingles isn't as long as alternatives like tile or metal, but it is more easily repaired in the event of damage. The cost, as mentioned previously, is also much more affordable. This makes asphalt shingles an especially good option for homeowners who don't plan to stay in the same home for more than thirty years.

Style and Color Variety

You won’t want to be stuck with just any roof color. Selecting a shingle type available in a variety of styles and colors will allow homeowners to pick the best style or color variety for their home. Your shingle will be on your roof for an average of 15 years—you want to love the color of your shingles.

Consider complementary shingle colors to go along with your existing house color. Most shingles will come in a variety of shades of brown, black, and gray. Brown roofs will go best with red, beige, cream, white, and brown homes. Black roofs will go best with light grey, beige, cream, white or red, homes. Gray roofs go best with red, light grey, cream, brown, white, or beige houses.

Do Shingles Affect Home Temperature?

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Before installing a brand new roof for energy efficiency purposes, check into upgrading your home’s AC unit, rather than the shingles installed on your roof. If you are concerned about the temperature of your home, we recommend looking into the ventilation in your attic and considering the age of your doors or windows.

After you've taken these preliminary measures to improve the energy-efficiency of your home, investing in energy-efficient roofing is the next step. Energy Star shingles are designed to reflect heat rather than absorb it. In a home that doesn't use energy efficient shingles, some of the heat will be absorbed into the home. This in turn can increase the home's temperature, making it less comfortable and increasing energy bills. With Energy Star shingles the heat is not absorbed by the roof, keeping your home cool even in the middle of a Tennessee summer.

How Long Will Shingles Last in Tennessee?

Shingle lifespan has a lot to do with the area where your home is located. On average, you can expect laminate shingles to last for longer than 3 tab shingles. Laminate shingles can last for up to 20 years and 3 tab shingles sometimes only lasting for 10 years before needing a full replacement.

Intense weather, whether it be snow, rain, or wind storms, can shorten your roof’s lifespan. But consistent and proper maintenance of your roof can help to combat deterioration from harsh weather. Proper maintenance includes cleaning gutters and roofing, caulking cracked areas, and soft washing the surface. Some maintenance can be DIY’s by homeowners but going to a professional is always the optimal solution.

Roofing Lifespans in Tennessee

  • Asphalt Shingles
    Asphalt Shingles 10 - 30 Years

    Asphalt shingles come in laminated and three-tab varieties. Of the two, laminated shingles have a longer lifespan. Three-tab shingles tend to have a lower lifespan due to how they're installed.

  • Tile Roofing
    Tile Roofing 40 - 60 Years

    Tile roofs are durable and have a long lifespan. But, it isn't a good fit for every home due to its heavier weight. You'll need to have a professional inspect your home prior to installation.

  • Metal Roofing
    Metal Roofing 50+ Years

    Metal roofs have the longest lifespan by far. But, they also have the highest upfront cost. These are only a good fit for those who plan to stay in the same home for over 50 years.

Full Replacement vs. Repairing Single Shingles

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After a major storm, you may notice you’re down a few shingles. The great thing about shingle roofs is that repairs don’t mean replacements. If you’re missing a few shingles, have a professional assess the damage and replace just the missing shingles. In most cases, shingle damage doesn’t require a replacement of the entire roof. The same can’t be said for roofing materials like metal.

What is the Most Common Shingles Choice for Tennessee?

Asphalt shingles are the most common shingles in Tennessee (and across the country for that matter). Laminate or architectural shingles are the most common type of asphalt shingles used throughout the state.

As a homeowner, you’ll want to do your homework before committing to one type of roofing material. If you have an HOA, check your HOA guidelines. These may limit the manufacturer or the color used. You don’t want to start the re-roofing process only to realize you have to completely start over with the ‘correct’ roofing type for your neighborhood.

We use Owens Corning for our roofing materials. Owens Corning offers a wide range of roofing material at all price points, allowing us to provide you with a number of options. We can provide you with Energy Star shingles equipped with SureNail and StreakGuard technology. This will keep you home cooler, ensure it is durable, and prevent algae buildup.

Owens Corning shingles can withstand up to 130 MPH winds and come with a 25-year limited or limited lifetime warranty. Its durability and quality make it a great fit for your Tennessee home.

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