Types of shingles


One should carefully consider the pros and cons of the different types of shingles along with their costs before determining which shingles works best for their home. The types of shingles for roofing differ from one another in respect of shape, size, thickness, material and colour. In this article we are going to take a quick look at the different types of shingles available for roofing.

Types of shingles

  • Asphalt Shingles: One of the most frequently used shingles, the asphalt shingles are relatively cheap. The 3 tab asphalt shingles which are slightly thin are much inexpensive when compared with their laminated counterparts. However you need to remember that though they are inexpensive, they don’t last for more than 2 or 3 decades. Moreover they can be only used on steep slope roofs and cannot be used on low sloped roofs or flat roofs.
  • Wood Shingles: Wood Shingles are definitely more costly than the asphalt ones. One reason why many people choose this type of shingles is because of their aesthetic appeal. The natural appearance of wood is much more pleasing to the eye when compared to any other kinds of shingles. When you go for hardwood shingles like redwood or cedar wood, you can be rest assured that its going to last for at least 30 years if not more.
  • Metal Roofs: They are ideal for houses which has very flat or steep rooflines. Metal roofs can be either made out of solid material or out of the metal shingles. Low quality galvanized roofs are not only a very cheap option but it also lasts for more than 50 years. Metal roofs are gradually becoming a popular roofing choice in many parts of USA. Previously mostly observed in the Rocky Mountain regions and the Northwest, this kind of roofing are making its way into the South and the Midwest.
  • Slate Shingles: Slate shingles are more popular in the Northeast parts of United States since the slate out of which the shingles come are made there. Slate shingles are a very popular choice since they are extremely durable and lasts for more than 50 years. One can still find old farmhouses which are leak proof and which still retain their original slate shingles roofing. However real slate shingles can be expensive. So if you are tight in budget you can always go for the synthetic slate products which look just like the original slates but comes with a shorter life span.
  • Tile Shingles: Tile Shingles which are becoming increasing popular in America comes with a unique appearance which reminds one of the colonial Spanish architecture or the states of the Southwest. However you need to know that tile shingles are the most expensive of all shingles to purchase as well as to install. At the same time this kind of shingles is also the most durable one which lasts the longest. They can easily survive for more than 80 years and comes with a striking aesthetic appeal.

In conclusion it needs to be mentioned that the cost of a roof replacement doesn’t just depend on the material being used but also on the contractor you hire.

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