One of the most common roofing materials on the market today are roof shingles. They offer not only variability in materials, but they are also available in a wide range of costs, making them suitable for every budget. Furthermore, they are both durable and easy to replace.
There are several types of roof shingles that you can choose from when it comes to your roof. The most common types available include:
Asphalt shingles are available in fibreglass and organic. The difference lies in the mat, or base, of the shingle. Both have an asphalt exterior. However, the fibreglass variety has a fibreglass mat, while the organic variety has a wood mat. Organic shingles are more durable, while fibreglass ones are lighter and cheaper.
Tile shingles are made from terracotta clay, concrete, and other similar materials. High-quality tiles can last up to a century, making them among the most durable materials available to you. They are often used in historical restorations and California-mission style homes. They offer great insulation properties and an attractive look. However, they are not suitable if your home is located in an area that is frequented by tornados and hurricanes, or are surrounded by trees that may fall and damage the tiles.
Wood shingles are available in different shapes, sizes, and wood types. Cedar is among the most popular types available, with other common options including pine and redwood. Wood shingles are prone to weather damage and may change in appearance over time. This makes them a less popular choice, with many homeowners choosing asphalt shingles that are made to look like wood.
Slate shingles are very durable and can last for over a century. However, they carry a high installation cost. Slate shingles will retain their original appearance over time. However, they have a high installation weight, and your home must be assessed to judge whether it can support this roofing material.
Metal shingles combine aesthetics, durability, and longevity. They retain their appearance in extreme climates, and are low-maintenance, particularly in humid climates. This is because they do not attract the growth of moss, mold, and mildew. However, they are significantly more expensive than asphalt, wood, and tile.
Selection of Roof Shingles
Choosing the best type of roofing shingles is essential in keeping your roof in good shape. When selecting shingles for your home, it’s best to make sure you know the types of shingles available and get a general idea of how much they cost, which we can help you with.
There are all kinds of different shingles, each with its own unique look, which can help you determine which one would be best suited for your roof. When you’re looking at the different varieties of shingles, keep in mind that there are different styles available depending on the shape of your roof. .
One last thing to consider before deciding on the best type of shingle to put on your home is whether or not to use wood or metal.
Metal roof shingles are generally cheaper than wood shingles, though the difference is only a few dollars per square. However, metal shingles, because of their durability and weather-resistant properties, are the best choice in most climates.
Wood shingles, especially those that are properly treated, can last many years and help lower heating and cooling costs because wood is a natural insulator. However, because of the high winds we have here in the Denton County area, wood shingles may not be the best selection.
If you have any questions regarding roof shingles or are wondering which type is most appropriate for your roofing needs, contact us at (940) 497-2833. We’d love to answer any questions that you might have!