There are ample choices when looking to re roofing your home. Statistics show that homeowners on average on roof a home once or maybe twice in a lifetime. That being said, this is an important decision that you will make because once the roof is replaced, unlike a paint color, the cost to change your choice can be costly. Shingles, like everything, have cycles. From the 70’s through the early 90’s the flat three tab 20 or 25 year shingle were the standard choice in roofing. From it’s introduction in 1982, the architectural shingle was on the increase and has proven to be the standard of choice heading into the 2000’s. The price difference between a flat 25 year shingle to the “limited lifetime” architectural shingle is nominal. This has caused the 25 year to be replaced with a new standard which is the architectural shingle. So, if the new standard is the architectural shingle what is the new upgraded option? The designer shingle is now what more and more homeowners are looking at the improve the look of their home. Not only is the shingle substantially heavier in weight but it also gives a unique look and style that can make your largest investment look like a million bucks. So, when looking at re roofing your home make sure to ask your roofing contractor what your options are above that standard of the “lifetime” shingle.