4 common roof types: Asphalt shingle
Many homeowners choose asphalt shingles because they're inexpensive and long lasting. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ivette P.)
Homeowners have a variety of choices for covering their roofs including slate, tile, metal and even solar. However, shingles remain the most popular choice - and for good reason.
"Asphalt shingles are popular because they are low in cost, readily available and come in a variety of colors and styles," says Kevin McHugh, owner of BTR Construction and Roofing, a Charlotte roofing company.
Asphalt shingles come in two main types: fiberglass and organic.
Fiberglass shingles consist of a fiberglass matt that is covered with asphalt to keep water out. The asphalt is topped with ceramic granules that work to reflect UV rays.
Organic shingles are typically made from recycled felt paper. Like fiberglass shingles, they also have a layer of asphalt to make them waterproof. Organic shingles are more durable than fiberglass, but are more expensive to purchase.
When replacing your roof, cost is obviously a major factor in the final decision. Asphalt shingles are a great choice for the cost-effective shopper because they provide a solid, sturdy roof for less than other common materials. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of styles and colors so they can match almost any style of home.