4 Common Roof Types: Asphalt Shingles
This homeowner replaced her asphalt shingle roof after a storm damaged it. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ivette P. of Dulles, Virginia)
Homeowners have a variety of roof types to choose from, including slate, tile, metal and even solar. However, asphalt shingles remain the most popular choice for roofing — and for good reason. Consider these tips when installing a new roof.
"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 highly rated BTR Construction and Roofing, a Charlotte roofing company.
They come in two main roof shingle types: fiberglass and organic.
Fiberglass roof shingles consist of a fiberglass mat that's covered with asphalt to keep water out, protecting your other roof components and your home. The asphalt is topped with ceramic granules that reflect UV rays.
Organic shingles are typically made from recycled felt paper. Like fiberglass shingles, this type of roof shingle also has a layer of asphalt to make them waterproof. Organic shingles are more durable than fiberglass, but are more expensive to purchase.
The cost of replacing your roof is obviously a major factor in your final decision. Asphalt shingles are a great choice for the cost-effective homeowner because they provide a solid, sturdy roof for less than any other type of roof. Plus, asphalt shingles come in a variety of styles and colors, so they can match almost any style of home.
Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article originally posted on Sept. 27, 2012.