When choosing new shingles for your roof, you want something that’s cost effective, looks good, and is going to last.
There are a lot of great options these days, and here are just a few.
These are by far the most frequently used shingles. They are relatively inexpensive compared to other materials, but that does mean they have a relatively shorter lifespan of about 20 to 30 years. Most homeowners are okay with this because of the savings; however, you can upgrade to more expensive asphalt shingles that have a longer lifespan. Also, if you use coated asphalt shingles, they meet the Energy Star standards for a cool roof, which can earn you a rebate. Asphalt tiles are not only the easiest to install, they also come in a wide variety of colors and designs and can replicate the look of other more expensive materials.
Wood shingles are more expensive, but they can last longer than asphalt (about 30 to 50 years). They usually come from pine, redwood, red cedar, or cypress trees and are more aesthetically pleasing because of their natural look. However, wood shingles are much harder to install and much more high maintenance. They are more susceptible to insect damage and rot.
Metal roofs can be solid metal, or the metal can be made into shingles. These are good for homes with especially flat, or especially steep, roofs. Metal roofs are relatively inexpensive and can last for up to 50 years. They first became popular in the Northwest, but have slowly made their way to the Midwest and the South.
These are especially popular in the Northeast because the material is quarried there. Slate shingles are expensive, but they are also extremely durable, lasting up to 50 years. You can get slightly cheaper synthetic slate shingles, but the lifespan is not as long. They are not easily damaged and do well in freezing temperatures because of their low water absorption rate. However, if a roof with slate shingles does need to be repaired, it is much more difficult to find someone who is able to.
Tile shingles are some of the most expensive to purchase and install, but they can last up to 80 years. These shingles are popular for homes that have a Spanish or Mediterranean feel to them. However, some homes might not be able to support the weight of tile shingles.
Fiberglass shingles provide a reliable strength and durability. They are coasted with asphalt that is mixed with mineral fillers which waterproof the shingles. They also have a class A fire rating, which means they are extremely fire resistant.