Roofing materials are the first line of defense against water, wind, snow, ice, and hail, but they do not work alone. They are supported by underlying layers as well as a variety of metal flashing, rubber boots, caulks, and sealants, all of which contribute to the durable, weather-resistant roofing system.

At Energy Efficient Replacements in Granger, IN, we are Michiana’s leading local roofing contractor, offering only high-quality materials and professional workmanship on both residential and commercial roofing systems. We have partnered with CertainTeed® to offer Landmark® shingles, and with a wide range of color options, you can be confident that we have a color and style to suit your needs. With over 300 roofing options to choose from and industry-leading quality standards, you can rest easy knowing CertainTeed has you covered. Choosing the best materials for your home and budget requires research and deliberation. Understanding the fundamentals of roof systems and what makes a good roofing material will help you make the right decisions, including selecting a roofing contractor.

What Makes a Roof?

There are three primary layers of a roof: the structural deck, underlayment, and roofing material. Although some roofing materials (slate, wood shingles, tile) still use lumber planks that are gapped at specific intervals (called skip sheathing) to promote airflow, the deck is now typically made with plywood or oriented strandboard sheets. The type of roof decking you have isn’t as important as its condition. To provide a solid foundation for the roofing material, the roof decking must be flat, rigid, and free of damage and rot.

Roof underlayment protects the decking by acting as a secondary wind and moisture barrier. It is essentially a backup for the roofing material. Until recently, most roofs were underlaid with tar paper, but various synthetic materials made of woven plastic fibers have become increasingly common. Synthetic underlayments are more durable, lighter, and easier to work with than roofing felt. Underlayment, like roof shingles, is installed in an overlapping pattern to help shed any moisture that gets through the roofing material.

The roofing material is a tough, weather-resistant, and preferably aesthetically pleasing material exposed to the elements. It is intended to last for 10 to 50 years or more. Roofing is generally a get-what-you-pay-for product, but plenty of options in the middle price range provide good value to the average homeowner. Natural slate, real clay tile, and even copper roofing are available for those who demand the best materials that have the potential to last a century or more.


Landmark, CertainTeed’s tried-and-true architectural laminate roofing shingle, is designed to replicate the appearance of cedar shake roofing. Landmark is available in a wide range of colors to complement any trim, stucco, or siding. While Energy Efficient Replacements primarily offers asphalt shingles, the most commonly used roofing material, several types are available for different projects.

A aerial view of the shingles on a residential roof in Granger, IN.
  • Asphalt: The most common type of roofing material in North America, asphalt (also known as composition) shingles are available in standard three-tab styles as well as various grades of thicker, more deeply textured architectural/dimensional versions.
  • Composite/Synthetic: A high-quality shingle that often resembles other materials, such as slate or wood, and boasts impressive performance ratings.
  • Metal: From classic standing seam panels to stone or wood-lookalike shingles, the popularity of metal roofing products has grown. Metal is generally a strong performer and can be a good value.
  • Wood: Traditional, beautiful, and natural, wood shingles and shakes have undeniably good looks, which is why they’re so popular. Regarding durability, impact resistance, wind resistance, and fire resistance, other types of roofing in the same price range (particularly metal) outperform wood.
  • Slate: Few homes actually have natural slate, but its appearance is nothing short of stunning, and its longevity is deservingly renowned. It’s also quite expensive and heavy, necessitating a stronger-than-usual roof structure.
  • Concrete and Clay: Traditional clay roof tiles, like slate, are beautiful, long-lasting, and heavy, but tiles are quite common in the sun-drenched regions of the United States and many other parts of the world. Concrete tiles and shingles can resemble clay, slate, and wood, providing comparable longevity at a lower cost and weight. However, some are delicate and do not thrive in all climates.

Ridge Vents

A ridge vent is an air exhaust vent installed on the roof’s peak. A well-balanced attic ventilation system is essential for preventing roof problems. This ventilation system includes ridge vents installed at the roof’s peak as well as intake vents installed at or near the soffits. Proper attic ventilation helps reduce excess heat and moisture in the summer and keeps your roof system cold in the winter, reducing the freeze-thaw cycle that causes ice dams.

CertainTeed® Ridge Vents, in conjunction with adequate intake vents, such as CertainTeed Intake Vent, are the most efficient and effective systems you can install. CertainTeed Ridge Vents’ low-profile design creates a clean, uncluttered roof line and is designed with external baffles that maximize airflow across the underside of roof sheathing. These ridge vents work year-round to efficiently and effectively ventilate an attic space.

Their slim profile blends for visual appeal while allowing shingle capping over the ridge for a uniform, finished roof aesthetic. It is less than an inch tall and molded from a high-impact copolymer.

Consider Your Location, Style, and Budget

When deciding on a roofing material for your home in Granger, IN, it’s essential to consider where you live, what kind of weather you can expect to experience, and your personal style and budget. Find shingles with the most important characteristics of your area’s climate and weather patterns. However, it’s important to keep in mind that there is more to roofing shingles than just providing protection. They contribute to the overall attractiveness of your residence, so be sure your shingles match your personal style and make your house look the way you want it to look.

CertainTeed shingles are reliable investments due to their consistently high quality and long service life, regardless of price point. CertainTeed gives you access to the widest variety of options in terms of color and style. With our company and exceptional products, substance does not take a back seat to style. You will receive a roof constructed from materials of the highest possible quality and backed by a strong warranty program. We pledge that the quality will be ensured and your satisfaction guaranteed. Contact our team at Energy Efficient Replacements today.

When to Invest in a Roof Replacement

An outdoor shot of a one-story residential property with a durable new roof in Granger, IN.

Your home’s value is affected by the state of your roof. A home with a deteriorating roof will have a lower value than one with a newer roof, but replacing a roof is a substantial investment. This investment will provide numerous benefits, including increased energy efficiency, improved family safety, and enhanced curb appeal for your home.

When planning the installation of a new roof, numerous factors must be considered. Choose your roofing materials based on the following considerations:

  • Local building codes
  • Energy efficiency
  • Cost
  • Weight
  • Durability
  • Weather in your area
  • Slope of the roof
  • Style of the home

When considering investing in a new roof for your home, please call our experts at Energy Efficient Replacements in Granger, IN. We are always glad to serve our valued customers and will be dedicated to completing every job to your satisfaction. We make your safety and happiness our top priorities. Call 574.387.3297 now!