Some Dos And Don’ts of Choosing A Roofing Shingle Color

So, the time has come when you are needing to replace the roof on your home in the Houston Texas metro area. One of the decisions that comes along with this is what color of shingles to choose for your home. With all of the roofing shingle color options, you will likely consider which option would be best for your home. In this post, we share some dos and don’ts when it comes to what color you should choose. Below are some helpful pointers and bits of information. 

Don’t Use White Roofing Shingles

In our sunny, hot and humid climate, many homeowners often consider going with a white roofing shingle in order to reflect the sun and heat. This may at first seem like a good idea but it is important to understand that after time, the roof will start getting dark streaks and these black algae streaks can make for an unsightly roof appearance and a disgusted or frustrated homeowner. 

Do Check With Your HOA For Approved Roofing Shingle Color

Most every subdivision in the greater Houston metro area has a HOA (Home Owners Association). We strongly recommend you contact your HOA with your roofing shingle color choice for approval before moving forward as here is a pretty good chance that they have an approved list of roofing shingle colors they allow homeowners of the subdivision or neighborhood to use. 

Do Make Your Roof Color Different Than Your Neighbors. 

Many subdivisions will allow you choose your very own roof color. We suggest that you try not to go with the same color as the neighboring home right next door. Make yours different as to not blend in. Try not to duplicate their roofing shingle color, unless this is the norm for your neighborhood. On the other hand, try not to make it clash with your neighbor so the homes on the street flow nicely and your home does not stand out obnoxiously. Be sure the end result is harmonious and enhances your home.

Do Ask For A Roofing Shingle Sample

Your roofing contractor should be able to provide you with samples of the roofing shingle colors available with your shingle of choice (and in your area). Once you have this, hold it up to the roofline, the brick or your siding and trim color to make sure the shingle does not clash with the siding and/or trim color. 

Don’t Use Bright Flashy Colors

Neutral colors are the best and safe bet. Especially if you decide one day in the future you like to sell the home. Choose from the browns, tans, creams, black and grays. A green or red roof might make your home seem out of place with the rest of the neighborhood unless of course it is the norm in your neighborhood.

We hope that you have found this dos and don’ts roofing shingle color post helpful as you make the decision to replace your roof and are making your roofing shingle color selection. Thank you for reading from the Texas Home Exteriors team. 

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Caring For Your LP SmartSide Siding

cleaning lp smartside siding Maintaining & Caring For Your LP SmartSide Siding

Now that your new LP SmartSide siding has been installed, what do you need to do to care, clean and maintain its’ beauty so it looks new? This is a great question and we have some great thoughts here on what you should be doing. First off before we get into what is necessary, remember that your new LP SmartSide siding comes with a 50 year warranty! Not to worry, LP has your back!   

If you want to increase the longevity of your LP SmartSide Siding, it is important that each year you take the time to visually inspect your homes exterior to assess any wear and tear your siding may have endured over the past year. Like all things, siding will need periodic maintenance such as cleaning and care to be performed to keep it functional and aesthetically pleasing. 

Below are some helpful tips for cleaning your LP SmartSide Siding.

  1. Make sure that your LP SmartSide siding has not come in contact with the ground. If this is the case, it will have constant moisture and a way for insects to have easy accessibility. The siding needs to be at least 6″ off of the ground
  2. Once a year cleaning is what we recommend.
  3. Your siding needs to be clean and clear of dust and airborne dirt build up. We recommend that you wash the surface with a gentle soap or white vinegar/ water mixture (1 part white vinegar and 2 parts water).
  4. If you are going to use a pressure washer, we recommend that you use low pressure as the high pressure washing force will force moisture into the sidings surface. This might chip the paint off.
  5. If you are considering using any harsh chemicals as this will damage your siding by impregnating chemicals deep into the surface
  6. Would you want to do any paint touch up any chips and small imperfections, we recommend that you use a paintbrush using a cotton swab to apply matching paint to the bare areas.
  7. You do not want your LP SmartSide siding to be in contact with water. Some homeowners have lawn watering systems that often will water the siding as well. This is not recommended as contestant contact with moisture and or water is not good for a wood based siding product.
  8. Check your sealant and caulking around the siding that has either separated or lost its seal, hire a professional contractor to fix the problem like Texas Home Exteriors.
  9. Last but not least will be leaking gutters. Should they be dripping and or leaking on a certain point of your siding, that needs to stop and be addressed. 

By using the information will ensure proper cleaning and maintenance of your newly installed LP SmartSide siding. It will also save you any headaches in the future. We also have posted some helpful web links below that have outlined further information on how to care, clean & maintain a healthy siding surface. 

How To Clean and Maintain LP SmartSide Siding Web links:

Cleanning LP SmartSide Siding

Care Maintenance LP SmartSide Siding

How To Clean Your Siding 

We hope that you have found this post on Maintaining, Caring and Cleanning Your LP SmartSide Siding helpful. With proper care, it will last for many years to come. Thank you again for all of us here at, Texas Home Exteriors

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Asphalt Roofing Shingles

how are asphalt roofing shingles madeHow Are Asphalt Roofing Shingles Made

Today we are going to look at how composition shingles or otherwise known as asphalt roofing shingles are made, how much they cost, what materials they are made of, and the history of this type of shingle. An asphalt roofing shingle is a type of wall or roof shingle that uses asphalt for waterproofing. It is one of the most widely used roofing covers in North America because it has a relatively inexpensive cost and is simple to install. However the life span of this roofing shingle is often under 20 years.

History Of Asphalt Roofing Shingles

Asphalt shingles are an American invention first used in 1901 and by 1939 11 million squares of shingles were being produced. Asphalt prepared roofing, the forerunner of asphalt shingles that came out in 1901, was first developed in 1893. These shingles were similar to asphalt roll roofing without the surface granules. Granules were later added in 1897 to make the material more durable. All shingles were organic at first with the base material, called felt, being primarily cotton rag until the 1920s when cotton rag became more expensive and alternative materials were used. In the 1950s adhesives began to be used to help prevent wind damage to shingle roofs.

What Are Asphalt Roofing Shingles Made Of

There are two types of base materials used to make asphalt shingles. Organic and fiberglass, both are made similar, with an asphalt-saturated base, covered on both sides with asphalt. The exposed surface is made with inner slate, schist, quartz, vitrified brick, stone, or ceramic granules. The under-side is treated with sand, talc, or mica to prevent shingles from sticking to one-another before use. The top surface granules block ultra-violet light. Ultra-violet light causes the shingles to deteriorate. So the granules provides some physical protection of the asphalt core, and also provides color. Some shingles have copper added to the surface to help prevent algae growth. Self-sealing strips are another thing used to protect your shingles from lifting in high winds.

dry looping Saturation wet loopingThe Shingle Manufacturing Process Steps

Asphalt roofing shingles are produced by passing the base material through a machine that adds the other components. The same machine can be used to make either shingles or roll roofing. There are approximately eight steps in manufacturing asphalt shingles. Steps 1, 2, & 3 in the manufacturing process is seen in the image above.

1 – Dry Looping

First, a jumbo roll 6 ft. in diameter of either organic felt or fiberglass mat is mounted and fed into the roofing machine. The base material first passes through a dry looper. Matting is accumulated accordion-style in this reservoir, so that the machine can continue to operate when the supply roll is exhausted and a new one is mounted.

2 – Saturation

Second, the base material passes through a chamber, where it is sprayed on one side with hot asphalt to drive out any moisture that may be present. It then goes into a saturator tank filled with hot asphalt. Soaking in the asphalt coats the fibers within the mat and fills the voids between them.

3 – Wet looping

Third, the matting is again formed into accordion folds. While the asphalt coating on the mat cools, it is drawn into the felt, creating an even greater degree of saturation.

Coating Mineral Surfacing Finishing Asphalt Roofing Shingles 4 – Coating

Forth, coating asphalt, which has been stabilized with powdered minerals, is applied to both surfaces of the mat. The mat passes between a pair of asphalt coating rolls. After, a coating of fine mineral particles is applied to the back surface of the mat, which then passes through a series of rollers that embed the coating particles in the asphalt and cool the material. The shingles are finished by cooling and cutting them to size.

the asphalt roofing shingle manufacturing process from start to finish5 – Granules Surfacing

Fifth, Granules that are ceramic-coated of the desired color are applied to the top surface of the asphalt-coated mat. A coating of fine particles of a mineral, such as talc or mica, is applied to the back surface of the mat. The sheet of treated mat then passes through a series of rollers that embed the coating particles in the asphalt and cool the material.  In short, in asphalt shingle production wherever there is a blender or blended granule applicator being used to apply a blend of colored granules to the top of an asphalted coated membrane surface there is the need to mix granules.  steps 3, 4 & 5  in how asphalt roofing shingles are made you can see in the image above. 

cooling looper systems for asphalt roofing shingles 6 – Cooling Finishing Looper

Sixth, the strip of roofing material is accumulated, accordion-style, on a cooling looper to finish cooling. the long continuous strip that will be cut into asphalt roofing shingles. This is an important step so the new asphalt roofing shingles will not stick together when they are bundled and packaged. See the image to the right.

Some time ago we our team at Texas Home Exteriors was on tour to see how roofing shingle are made, we seen this cooling looper. Not shown in this pic is the huge fans behind that were blowing on the newly heated shingle strip to cool it down to a lower temperature. 


asphalt roofing shingle cutting machine7 – Cutting

Seventh, the sheet of finished shingle material then passes into a cutting machine, where it is cut from the backside into the desired size and shape. The machine separates the shingles and stacks them in bundles. Bundles generally contain enough shingles to roof 25-35 sq. ft. See image to the right. 

This asphalt roofing shingle cutting machine is often called a cutting press. As you can see it is quite large and one of the most heaviest of the machines due to the roller and it’s pressing capabilities. 



asphalt roofing shingle bundle conveyors processing machine 8 – Packaging & Bundling 

Eighth, the bundles of roofing shingles are transferred to equipment that wraps them and affixes labels. This is called an asphalt roofing shingle bundle conveyor as see in this image to the right. 

How Much Do Asphalt Shingles Cost

Asphalt shingles cost anywhere from eighty dollars to two hundred + dollars per square depending on the style of shingle and length of warranty offered. A square covers approximately one hundred square feet. A typical two-story, 2,300-square-foot house with a medium-pitch roof, has a roof area of about 1,500 square feet.


Asphalt Roofing Shingle Web Links: 

Wikipedia – Asphalt Roof Shingle
Certainteed – How Asphalt Roofing Shingle Made
IKO – What Are Shingles Made Of
MadeHow – Shingle
PacificWestRoofing – Asphalt Shingles 

Conclusion Of How Asphalt Roofing Shingles Are Made

So in conclusion, asphalt roofing shingles are made of many different materials and have a lot of steps to making them. A lot of times they are organic and the materials are as well. They come from a long line of history and are the most often used roofing shingle today. Asphalt roofing shingles are one of the best type of shingles for your home’s roof because they work hard to protect it and are affordable. Thank you from, Texas Home Exteriors

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Best Of Houzz 2018

Texas Home Exteriores Best Of Houzz 2018 TEXAS HOME EXTERIORS of HOUSTON TEXAS

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018

Here at Texas Home Exteriors (THE) we were so thrilled when the office staff found that we were recognized by the Houzz community for the fifth year in a row! It is such an honor that we have received this achievement award once again!

Houzz has over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users and they Nominated THE as Houston Texas Best Home Building Remodeling and Design Professionals. Houzz has a large influence in North America and Around the Globe. 

HOUSTON, USAJanuary 23, 2018 – Texas Home Exteriors of Houston has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The Houston Texas based siding, roofing and windows company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

Best Of Houzz Awards Categories 

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on the Houzz website.

Texas Home Exteriors is honored to receive the Customer Satisfaction award from Houzz for our fifth year in a row, thank you to our amazing community of homeowners and partners in Houston and the surrounding areas we service.

“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.” Houzz is a library of great photos and design ideas like no other!  

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About Texas Home Exteriors

Texas Home Exteriors, our owner Greg Kapitan “Kapitan The Siding Man” and their team of professionals comes to you with over 35 years combined experience in the construction trade. Siding, Roofing and Replacement Windows are our speciality.

Our expertise in the areas of exterior Home Improvement and Energy –Efficiency has been demonstrated on numerous completed jobs and happy customers over the years throughout the greater Houston, Spring, The Woodlands, Livingston and surrounding metro areas of Texas. Greg Kapitan also installs some home interior home improvement services as well. 

Texas Home Exteriors INC specializes in installation of products and projects such as HardiPlank Siding, durable LP SmartSide Siding, Vinyl Replacement Windows, Pergolas, Patio Covers and Roofing Options including GAF Lifetime Roofing Options. Our products and services are the most Energy Efficient and innovative in the business. Many homeowners in Houston choose to take advantage of their Texas EZ Pay Financing options to pay for their roofing, siding and/or windows replacement projects. A job that costs $10,000 is only $100 a month with zero downpayment and no prepayment penalties ever. 

Our THE team sales representatives professional, experienced and have integrity. Our project manager’s visit the job sites to ensure the best possible installation and experience for homeowners through communication and quality control leading to happy customers like those on Houzz! Our crews are trained, skilled and experienced for superior workmanship. The THE Team works together for the best in customer satisfaction. We want you home improvement to be a pleasant experience. 

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. If you enjoy improving your home, this is a great website to visit. 

The Worlds Home Improvement Design Database

With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Houzz is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit Texas Home Exteriors Best Of Houzz 2018.

Thank you Houzz from all of us here at, Texas Home Exteriors!! 

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Roofing Manufacturers

Top Roofing Shingle Manufacturers

As a homeowner you have the choice to choose the top roofing shingle manufacturers  of your choice. Having said that, we have put together a list of the top roofing shingle manufacturers below. We have also put together the USP (Unique Selling Position) of each so you can see their strengths and marketing differences. This will help you choose the best roofing shingle for your home. 

GAF Roofing Shingle Products Manufacturing Logo 1# GAF

Founded way back in 1886, GAF has become North America’s largest manufacturer of commercial and residential roofing in volume sales. GAF is growing the company to nearly $3 billion in roofing materials sales has been a result of the company’s relentless pursuit of quality, combined with industry-leading expertise and comprehensive roofing solutions.

GAF is know for designing and manufacturing roofing matters that are innovative and cutting edge as contractors countrywide will attest to. For instance, in the Texas and southern Florida wind zone they have products that meet or surpass the wind load needed to ensure that shingles will not blow off a homeowners home. 

Marketing USP of GAF  

Timberline High Definition Shingles 

Each GAF Timberline roofing shingle is available in three versions; Timberline Natural Shadow, Timberline HD High Definition, and Timberline Ultra HD High Definition. By far and away this roofing shingle is their biggest seller and still continues to this day. 

Owens Corning Roofing Shingle Products Manufacturing Logo #2 Owens Corning

Owens Corning is a global company that develops and produces insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. The company was formed in 1935 in Illinois. They market and sell their products all over the world.

Marketing USP of Owens Corning 

The Pink Panther

Owens Corning is known for tit’s famous Pink Panther and pink insulation. It’s roofing shingles have a fiberglass mat that is also pink in color. Their roofing shingles most popular line is the Owens Corning Oakridge series.  

Certainteed Roofing Shingle Products Manufacturing Logo #3 Certainteed Corporation

The Certainteed Corporation manufactures more than just roofing shingles. From drywall to siding and trim, from insulation, to decking & fencing Certainteed manufacturer many products. The Landmark roofing shingles is by far their most popular product that they manufacture. 

Marketing USP of Certainteed Corporation 

Be Certain & Guaranteed 

The Certainteed company has done well to make their USP unique by spinning it off of their name, “Quality Made Certain and Satisfaction Guaranteed”.  It for sure is a fun way to remember their name and what they stood for. 

TAMKO Roofing Shingle Products Manufacturing Logo #4 TAMKO

TAMKO — from the first letters of the five states the company anticipated as its sales territory: Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. That is where they got their start in the roofing manufacture inDustry. 

Marketing USP Of TAMKO

Many Shingle Colors Available 

In a nutshell TAMKO has some of the nicest color blends on the market. They range from soft and shuttle to vibrant and pronounced. From the start they have manufactured roofing shingles that have great color tones and strong blends. 

Atlas Roofing Shingle Products Manufacturing Logo #5 Atlas Roofing

Atlas Roofing Shingles manufacturing is known for being a creative homeowner friendly company. Atlas Roofing Manufacturing has been in business since 1982 and has now 24 factories across the USA. The Atlas Roofing Corporation is made up of 4 divisions: 
#1 Roof Shingles & Underpayments
#2 Roof & Wall Insulation
#3 EPS
#4 Web Technologies.

Marketing USP Of Atlas

CEP & Breathe In The AtlasPHERE 

Like any other roofing shingle manufacturer, Atlas prides itself on continuing  education. They are happy to offer several of their Atlas Roofing Continuing Education Programs. This is available to those who would like to take advantage of great industry education that is offered. This will come from one of the knowledgeable sales representatives at Atlas Roofing Manufacturing. They are happy to help. 

Here are some helpful top roofing manufacturers links below. Keep in mind that we all might not agree on the order. 

ASAP Roofing – Best Roofing Shingle 

The Roofery 

Consumer Reports – Best Roofing Buying Guide  

HomeAdvisor – Best Roof Shingles 

We hope that you have enjoyed this post on the top roofing shingle manufacturers. Thank you from all of us here at Texas Home Exteriors INC


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