5 types of roofing shingles
Finding the best kind of shingles for both your home as well as your budget is a great start to replacing your existing roofing. It's important to consider the pros and cons of several different types of shingles, as well as consulting with a local roofing company to determine which shingles work best in your part of the country.
Here are some commonly used roofing materials:
Asphalt shingles. Generally the most frequently used asphalt shingles are relatively inexpensive. Plus, if you purchase coated asphalt shingles, they may meet the Energy Star standards for a cool roof and earn you a rebate. Three-tab asphalt shingles are thinner and slightly less expensive than laminated or architectural asphalt shingles. And though they tend to be less expensive, asphalt shingles have a relatively short life span of 20 to 30 years.
Wood shingles. More expensive than asphalt, wood shingles are known to be more aesthetically appealing because of their natural appearance. If you choose a hard wood, such as cedar or redwood, the shingles should last at least 30 years and sometimes as long as 50 years.
Metal roofs. Appropriate for homes with especially flat or steep rooflines metal roofs can either be solid metal or constructed metal shingles. Low-end galvanized metal roofs are relatively inexpensive, but can last up to 50 years. Because they're long lasting, durable and inexpensive, metal roofs are becoming a popular option in many areas of the country. Once seen largely in the Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions, metal roofs are making an inroad into the Midwest and southern United States.
Slate shingles. This material is especially popular in the Northeastern portion of the United States because the slate from which the shingles are made is quarried there. These shingles are extremely durable, with a life span of up to 50 years. It's not uncommon to find old farmhouses that are leak-free and still have their original slate-shingled roofs. If your budget doesn't allow for real slate shingles, you can always consider a synthetic slate product, which has a similar appearance, but a slightly shorter life span.
Tile shingles. These shingles have a unique appearance characteristic of the Southwest states and colonial Spanish architecture. Tile shingles are some of the most expensive to purchase and install, but also are one of the longest lasting and durable materials on the market, lasting up to 80 years. However, The National Roofing Contractors Association cautions that some homes might not be able to structurally support the weight of tile shingles.
The cost of replacing your roofing material will depend not only on the material, but also on the contractor you select. Look up reviews and recommendations for service providers in your area. Call several of the reputable roofing companies and request a quote for the roofing materials you are considering.