Is a roof replacement in your future? Congratulations! You’ve reached one of those landmark moments of being a homeowner!
Look, the fact of the matter is no one LIKES to replace their roof. It’s costly and inconvenient and comes with enough choices to make anyone’s head spin. But you don’t have to do it alone. After all, we understand that not everyone is a roof nerd like we are. Our extensive shingle knowledge may not always get us the most party invites, but it DOES make us just the right person for you!
If you are feeling confused and overwhelmed by the different types of roof shingles, we are here to help. Today, we’ll:
- Break down the differences in roofing shingles
- Talk you through the pros and cons
- Help you find the style that is right for you
So what are you waiting for? Let’s dive right into the world of roofing shingles!
9 Shingle Styles for Your Home
When it comes to your roof, not all shingles are created equal. Don’t get us wrong. Every shingle works, but depending on what your priorities are, some may work better than others.
Here are 10 of the most popular shingle types, as well as their benefits to consider.
1) Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in the United States! In fact, we’re willing to bet that your current roof has asphalt shingles on it right now.
It’s not difficult to see the appeal of asphalt shingles. After all, they are affordable, easy to install, and even easier to maintain. They come in two main forms:
- 3-Tab Shingles – 3-tab shingles are the most basic form of an asphalt shingle. These single-layer shingles are simple and to the point. They are the cheapest roofing material that you can buy, which is great for property owners on a strict budget!
- Architectural Shingles – Also known as dimensional shingles, these are a slightly more high-end form of asphalt shingles. They have multiple layers, which makes them more impact resistant. Additionally, they help to give your roof a more interesting, layered look.
Asphalt shingles can last for 15-20 years and can be purchased in a wide range of colors in order to suit your tastes.
2) Wood Shingles
If you like a more natural look for your home’s exterior, wood shingles may be right for you. Wood shingles are a classic roofing option that can last for 20-40 years before needing a replacement.
However, it is important to note that wooden shingles typically require more maintenance than the other options on this list. That is because they are more prone to damage from wood rot and pest infestations. Bi-annual cleaning and treatments will help this roofing material to last for a long time.
3) Wood Shake
If you love the idea of using a natural material like wood but want an even more rustic look, consider choosing a cedar shake for your home. Similar to wood shingles in everything besides shape, this shingle style has a hand-split look which adds charm and character.
4) Clay Tiles
If you live in the Northern half of the U.S., you might not see clay tiles all that frequently. They are typically reserved for the Spanish-style homes that are more common in warmer, desert states. Personally? We think it’s a shame!
Clay tile roofing has many benefits, including the fact that it looks beautiful. Clay tiles are naturally fire-resistant and can last upwards of 50 years before needing a replacement.
5) Slate Tiles
When longevity is at the top of your priority list, you need to invest in slate shingles! And an investment it will be because slate is one of the most expensive materials on this list. However, most homeowners find that it is well worth the investment, as a properly installed roof can last for over a century!
6) Metal Shingles
If you’ve seen a metal roof before, you likely have a preconceived notion about what they have to look like. The truth is that these days, metal roofs are more versatile than ever and can look beautiful on both residential and commercial properties.
Metal roofing shingles are designed to look like traditional shingles while keeping the durability, low maintenance, and 50-year lifespan of commercial metal roofs.
7) Composite Shingles
Composite shingles are becoming more and more popular with homeowners. Made of a synthetic polymer and other recycled materials, composite shingles can be made to look like a wide range of roofing materials, including asphalt shingles and natural materials like stone. However, they are a much more durable roofing material than asphalt shingles, lasting around 50 years.
8) Concrete Tiles
Concrete tiles have a unique look with outstanding performance. They are also a great option for those who want an environmentally friendly option without the maintenance of wood and the expense of stone.
It’s important to note, though, that concrete is significantly heavier than most other roofing materials. This means that your home may need additional reinforcements in order to hold the extra weight.
9) Solar Shingles
We couldn’t end this list without pointing out some of the industry’s most exciting technology! Gone are the days when homeowners have to settle for unappealing solar panels on their roofs in order to make use of clean energy. These days, you can buy tiles with solar panels built right in! Just be aware that this newer roofing material will likely cost you a pretty penny. Use it long enough, though, and you’ll make all of that money back in the end!
Get A Professional Roofer’s Opinion
Still not sure which roofing option is right for you? Northface Construction can help! As leaders in the roofing industry, we can assess your existing roof and help you find a roofing solution that works with your unique home and lifestyle. Contact us today to receive a free quote for your roof replacement!