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October 12, 2017
Roof Shingle Types – The Complete Guide

Are you thinking about getting a new roof? Are you planning a roof replacement? Whatever the reason, you better know about all the roof shingle types out there.

You don’t need to be a roofing expert to start the construction process. But, knowing a little more about all the different roof shingle types will help you select the best option for your home. The goal is to choose a roof option that fits your home’s features and the surrounding area conditions. More importantly, an alternative that fits your budget.

Asphalt roofing shingles


Roof Shingle Types Available In The Market


Asphalt Shingles

They are the most popular and affordable type of roofing shingles because of the different sizes, colors, and styles they have. Asphalt shingles are affordable (around 100$ – 150$ per square) and meet Energy Star standards. Fiberglass and organic shingles are some of the types of asphalt shingles. They can last between 15 and 30 years and fit any architectural roofing style.

Something to consider if you are thinking of asphalt shingles is that they work only in roofs with a steep slope. Another critical thing to consider is that they’re not the best option for your home if you live in an area where the temperature fluctuates quickly.  In locations with constant and drastic temperature changes, there’s a possibility that shingles crack due to the weakness of the material.


Fiberglass Shingles

They are fantastic if getting a new roof. Fiberglass shingles are lightweight, fire-resistant, recyclable and durable. They are made from a fiberglass base mat and layered with a waterproof coating.

Fiberglass shingles have UV radiation resistance and a more extended warranty.


Organic Shingles

Organic asphalt shingles are also known as “felt mat asphalt shingles.” They are heavier and not as long-lasting as fiberglass shingles. Organic shingles were made with recycled cardboard, rags, paper or wood chips.

Organic is a waterproof and inexpensive roofing shingle option. However, before you choose this type of shingles to build your new roof, take a look outside and check the weather. Organic shingles are easily affected by moisture and saturation especially in high humidity environments or places exposed to freezing temperatures. If you don’t want your roof to deteriorate and break down, consider this before going for organic shingles.



New tile shingles roof under a blue sky

Tile Shingles

Tiles are one of the priciest roofing shingles options (around $ 300 to $ 700), but they are worth it. Looking for style? Tile shingles are the best choice for you. They can be molded in many different shapes, and you can find them in light colors, which influences not only the aesthetic aspect of your home but also help keep it cool. An appealing feature of tile shingles is their duration. They can reach 80 years or more.

Another consideration before opting for tile shingles is that they are very heavy. If you want to replace asphalt shingles for tile, you may want to talk to a trusted and experienced roofing contractor. It may be that the existing roof structure of your house won’t stand the weight.


Wood roofing shingles

Wood Shingles

They might be the most environmentally friendly option when talking about roofing shingles. The types of wood used are cedar, redwood and southern pine. Wood shingles are aesthetically pleasing and energy-efficient. They can last between 30 and 50 years depending on the maintenance, and their average cost is around 400$ to $700.

One of the most significant drawbacks of wood shingles is that if untreated, they’re more likely to catch fire than other shingle materials. Also, they need lots of maintenance to prevent moisture or the presence of insects.

The most common repairs of this type of roof include missing, broken or warped shingles. If any of these cases happen, you must replace the wood shingle for a new one because they are not easy to repair.



Slate roofing shingles

Slate Shingles

Do you want to get the most durable roofing option? Slate shingles might be right for you. They last between 50 and 100 years. Slate shingles are ideal if you live in cold areas with frigid winter temperatures. They have some of the best water and damage resistance properties of all roofing shingle options.

You must be thinking slate shingles are a costly roofing alternative (around $500 to $1000 per square), but they are worth it. They’re sustainable, recyclable and they provide a beautiful look. You can find slate shingles in many colors such as green, black, gray or red.

Repairing this type of roofing may not be so easy.  The shingles are heavy, so we strongly recommend calling a professional roofing contractor to perform the repairs.

Now that you know more about roof shingle types, their estimated cost, functionality, features, pros, and cons, you are ready to select the best option that suits your desires, needs, and budget.

Remember to talk with your roofing contractor to get professional advice about the process of building a new roof or getting a roof replacement. Professional roofers will help you make the best decisions to protect your home and your family.

Do you want to learn more about the ideal roofing shingle for your home? At Bay 101 we are ready to help you. Contact us.

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