Types of Roofing Shingles

Roofing ShinglesShingles is such a good option for your home. But as you are not a professional expert, you might not be aware of all the things about roofing and shingles. It’s very important that you don’t take any wrong decision for your roof as it can cost you a lot. There are various types of shingles and you might be confused as to what type of shingles you should opt for. Of course you will take advice of your roofer but it’s important that you should not follow them blindly and have some knowledge of your own. Thus here are some of the types of roofing shingles from which you can choose one. Compare them wisely, know their pros and cons, see if they fulfills your requirement or not. You should choose roofing shingles according to your surroundings, your budget and durability.

  • Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are most probably used by the people as they are not much expensive. If you buy coated asphalt shingles then they will fulfill the demand of cool roof and they are good at earning you a rebate. As compared to the laminated or architectural asphalt shingles, three tab asphalt shingles are less expensive and they are thinner. Asphalt shingles are less expensive but still they a offer a good life span of 20 to 30 years.

  • Wood shingles

Wood shingles are comparatively more expensive then asphalt shingles. Wood shingles provide a really appealing look. They look aesthetically beautiful because it gives a natural look. If you are going for a cedar or hardwood then types of hardwood material then it will last for minimum 30 years and it can last for 50 years of long time span. Wood shingles do offer great life span but on the other hand it requires regular maintenance also.

  • Metal roofs

Metal roofs are very much suitable to the homes which are having steep or flat rooflines. In case of metal roofing you can either go for constructed metal shingles or you can go for solid metal. If you are opting for low end galvanized metal roofs then they are relatively less expensive. It offers a life of 50 years.  Metal roofs are becoming very popular these days and it is prevailing in many areas of the country. It is widely seen in rocky mountain region and northwest areas.

  • Slate shingles

This type shingles is very much prevalent in the northeast part of the US. This is because the slate from which this shingles are prepares is quarried here. Slate shingles are very much durable and it offers a life span of almost 5o years. You can easily find out any old farmhouse which are not having any leaks and they are having slate shingle on their roofs. If you are tight on budget and slate shingle are not fitting in your budget then instead of opting for original slate shingles, you can also go for synthetic slate shingles. The look of synthetic shingles is very much similar to the original slate shingles, but its life span is little bit short.