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Types of Roof Shingles: The Ultimate Guide

Whether you’re planning to install a new roof or replace an existing one, you might be feeling confused or overwhelmed by the different types of roof shingles available. If you’re scratching your head about which type of shingle to choose or if you’re curious about how one option differs from another, this guide contains everything you need to know. Read on to learn more.

What Are Roof Shingles?

Shingles are a popular type of roof covering and are available in a variety of different roofing materials. Consisting of individual elements that overlap with one another, shingles create a distinctive visual effect. It’s a common roofing system that can be seen on residential properties around the US and beyond. You can learn more about the basics of shingles, along with some other popular roofing options, in our article about the best roofing materials.

What Are the Benefits of Roof Shingles?

There are many reasons why shingles are popular with homeowners and roofers alike. They are weather-resistant and able to withstand high winds. They are also impact-resistant. This makes shingles a great choice in areas prone to storms and other types of extreme weather. 

Shingles tend to have a long lifespan and certain types of shingles are especially energy-efficient. This makes shingles a great choice for homeowners who are looking to save money and avoid the hassle of having to replace their roof covering regularly. 

Shingles made from some of the most popular roofing materials have immediate “curb appeal”, which makes the property aesthetically pleasing to both homeowners and passersby. Attractive shingles can also help to increase the desirability of a property – or even improve its value — when it goes on the market.  

What Are the Different Types of Roof Shingles?

Now, let’s take a look at the different types of roof shingles available and the different qualities they have to offer: 

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt is by far the most common material for roof shingles. It’s cost-effective, as well as relatively energy-efficient. Most asphalt shingles are also fire-retardant. There are three types available:

  • Architectural shingles: Also known as “directional shingles,” this is the most common type of shingle in use today. When installed, they create the effect of a random pattern. 
  • 3-tab shingles: Also known as “strip shingles,” these shingles lay flat when installed. They’re the cheapest of the three types of asphalt shingles. They also have the shortest lifespan. 
  • Luxury shingles: These shingles, designed to look like natural slate, have the greatest “curb appeal” of the three types of asphalt options. They’re extremely durable but more expensive than architectural or 3-tab shingles. 

Shingles Made From Other Popular Roofing Materials

While the vast majority of shingles are made from asphalt, they are also available in several other materials. These options include: 

  • Wood shingles: One of the most energy-efficient types of shingles, although they need to be treated with fire retardant to be considered fire-resistant.
  • Composite shingles: Made from a combination of ingredients, more durable than asphalt – but also more expensive.
  • Natural slate shingles: Along with asphalt, one of the most fire-resistant materials for shingles.
  • Metal roof shingles: Energy efficient and more durable than asphalt – but also more expensive.
  • Solar shingles: Shingles that convert solar energy to electricity in a similar way to solar panels
  • Fiberglass shingles: Fire-resistant and durable, with a lifespan of 25 to 50 years.

Choosing the Correct Type of Shingle for Your Roof 

So now you know more about what the options are, which type of shingle is right for your roof? The answer will depend on a few factors. First, you will want to consider your budget. As with any product, different shingles have different price points.

You might also want to consider the aesthetic impact of the choice you make. What type of shingles do other properties on your street have? Would you like your house to blend in or stand out? If you’re planning to put your home on the property market soon, consider which shingle options might offer the greatest “curbside appeal.” 

There are also environmental factors to consider. If having fire-resistant shingles is important to you, a material like asphalt might be the most attractive option. If energy efficiency is a high priority, then you might want to consider wood shingles.

How to Start a Roof Installation Project

Whether it’s a new roof or a full or partial roof replacement, a residential roofing project isn’t recommended for DIY homeowners. When it comes to roof installation, it’s best to leave this type of work to professionals. Any good roofing contractor will be happy to explain the different types of shingles in more detail and talk you through the pros, cons, and price points of each option. New to working with roofers? Read our article on why roofing industry experience matters when choosing a roofing company.

Get Your Roofing Project Started Today with Alure Home Solutions

Ready to begin your roof installation journey? Our experienced roofing specialists can help you select shingles that will suit your home and provide the protection it needs. We offer a range of attractive and reliable shingle options from industry-leading manufacturer Owens Corning. Schedule a call with Alure Home Solutions for a free consultation with one of our roofing experts.

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