Which type of shingle is best for your roof?

When building a home, one of the most important choices is what type of roof shingles you'll need. After all, the roof protects the rest of your home. Let's take a look at the different types of shingles to get an idea of what's best for your home.

Asphalt shingles

Pros:

  • Many asphalt shingles meet Energy Star standards, which means you can save on energy bills
  • They come in many colors, styles and sizes
  • There are fiberglass and organic versions of asphalt shingles

Cons:

  • They do not hold up well in bipolar climates
  • There is a possibility that they will become damaged because of their weaker material
  • They can only be used on steep roofs

Three-tab shingles

Pros:

  • Thin and inexpensive
  • 20-30 year lifespan

Cons:

  • Only one tab size and shape
  • Cheaper up front, but will have to be replaced sooner than other shingles

Architectural shingles

Pros:

  • Waterproof
  • Shingle tabs have various sizes and shapes, giving it a more dimensional look
  • More high end
  • Wind resistant
  • 40-50 year lifespan

Cons:

  • Not good for a low-sloped roof
  • Heavy

Slate shingles

Pros:

  • Can last 80-100 years
  • Water and damage resistant

Cons:

  • Pricier than other shingles
  • Expensive to repair
  • Heavy
  • Takes a professional to do repairs

Fiberglass shingles

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof
  • Fire-resistant
  • UV-resistant
  • Durable
  • Budget-friendly

Cons:

  • Hot climates will need to replace fiberglass shingles more often than cold climates
  • Prone to algae and fungus in damp or subtropical climates

Metal roofing

Pros:

  • Good for steep or flat roofs
  • Lasts up to 50 years

Cons:

  • Can be noisy during hail or rain
  • Prone to holes, rust patches, leaks and moisture

Tile shingles

Pros:

  • Stylish
  • Come in different shapes and are made in lighter colors

Cons:

  • One of the most expensive types of shingles
  • Prone to leaks, small cracks or holes

Wood shingles

Pros:

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Durable
  • Lasts from 30-50 years
  • Energy-efficient

Cons:

  • Can catch on fire easier than other types of shingles
  • Prone to termites, mold, cracks and warping

The most important thing to remember when choosing shingles is to know how much it will cost to install. Contact us for a personalized quote! We offer absolutely FREE inspections and FREE consultations for both roofing repairs and replacements.

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