Things to Know About Shingle Roofing

Most of us don’t think about shingles very often, as they last for a long time, and for the most part, they’re out of sight, out of mind. When we DO think of shingles, it means we’re probably facing a roof repair or replacement. If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, you’d be well served to understand the different types of shingles and the unique attributes of each.

Types of Shingles


  1. Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material and are favored for their affordability and ease of installation. They come in two types: fiberglass, known for its light weight and fire resistance, and organic, which provides better durability and wind resistance. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and styles offering an opportunity to enhance the curb appeal of  your home.

  1. Wood Shingles

Wood shingles, also called shakes, typically made from cedar, pine, or redwood, provide a classic rustic appearance and excellent insulation. However, they require regular maintenance and are more expensive that asphalt shingles.

  1. Metal Shingles

Although more commonly found for industrial applications, metal shingles are gaining popularity in residential roofing. This is due to their high durability, longevity, and energy efficiency. They’re more expensive at the outset but can be cost-effective in the long run.

  1. Slate

Slate shingles are the premium option. They’re highly durable, fire-resistant, and provide an unmatched, timeless elegance. However, they’re heavy, requiring a strong roof structure, and they’re significantly more expensive both to purchase and to install.

  1. Tile

Tile shingles are popular in Southwestern and Spanish style homes. They’re fire-resistant and extremely durable. They can be made from clay or concrete and give your home a distinctive Spanish or Mediterranean look.

Which One Should I Choose?

To choose the best roofing shingles, consider factors like your budget, the climate in your area, the style of your home, and the longevity you desire from your new roof. Understanding the types of shingles will help you to make an informed decision and can ensure that you select a roofing material that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional for your home.

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