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The primary benefits of roof shingles are their cost, convenience, and durability. Although you can spend more to get one of the higher-end versions, there are still several budget-friendly categories to choose from too.

Also, since there are so many types of shingle materials available, it’s easy to find one that matches your home’s unique style—you can go sleek and modern, rustic, or most any other roofing preference imaginable.

  • Asphalt / Fiberglass
  • Shake / Wood
  • Metal
  • Synthetic / Composite

With a wide array of colors and textures available, petroleum-based asphalt shingles are one of most popular roofing materials available today with an estimated coverage of more than three quarters of all the homes in the USA. They’re less expensive than other roofing options and are easy to repair, replace, or install, making them a good choice for many homeowners.

Considering there are several different types of them on the market, it’s important to understand each type before deciding which is best for your home.

First off, there are two main types of asphalt shingles:

  • Organic – these are the oldest and more traditional version which are made from a base layer of a felt paper material that is essentially waterproofed and soaked in asphalt which is then coated with ceramic and asphalt granules.
  • Fiberglass – this thinner and lighter alternative is nearly identical to the organic version with the exception that they use much less asphalt and their base layer is made from a woven base of fiberglass instead of felt.
There are then three main styles of asphalt shingles to choose from:

  • 3-tab / Traditional / Standard / Strip – these are the more traditional format and most economical of the bunch. These roofing shingle strips typically measure 12 inches tall by 36 inches wide with three equally spaced cutout tabs that will lay flat on the roof.
  • Architectural / Dimensional – This variety has overtaken the three-tab version as the most predominant roofing shingles in the USA. Because an architectural shingle utilizes a layered design along with a random or multi-dimensional and thicker pattern, it is typically about 50% heavier than its standard strip counterpart.
  • Designer / Luxury / Premium / Laminate – a more expensive and elegant version of the basic architectural shingles that are usually designed to simulate the old-world roofing appearance of either a wood shake or slate roof. Being larger, heavier, and stronger, these are usually more impact resistant and provide for maximum weather performance, enhanced curb appeal, and a longer lifespan.

If you want to stay on budget, asphalt shingles are your best bet. Even though they aren’t ideal for all climates, you can still get a good amount of protection from them without breaking your bank account.

The entry level version typically have an average lifespan of about 20 years—which may not be long enough for homes in some regions—but it should be enough for most homeowners who plan to move within that time frame anyway.

For many homeowners, asphalt shingles are an attractive option. However, they do have some limitations that may make them unsuitable for your home. For instance, if you live in a region with high winds or hail storms—or if you need a lot of ventilation to combat humidity—they probably aren’t the right material for you and metal or slate may be a better option.

There are many different pros and cons to take into account when deciding between the organic asphalt and fiberglass versions. For example, since an organic asphalt shingle contains considerably more asphalt and are typically more durable and longer lasting than its fiberglass counterpart. Though this extra thickness allows them to function better in colder climates, all that additional asphalt makes them heavier and place a greater stress on the roof compared to the lighter and thinner fiberglass ones.

Likewise, due to their felt composition, the organic asphalt style will absorb more water and be vulnerable to warping which can lead to them weakening and thereby diminishing their lifespan.

However, since fiberglass shingles don’t use any paper felt, they are both non-porous and have a much better fire-protection rating than the organic mat style. Likewise, since fiberglass shingles weigh much less, they are cheaper and require less labor to install.

Some of the main manufactures of asphalt shingles that we install on roof tops are:

  • GAF
  • Owens Corning
  • CertainTeed
  • Malarkey
  • TAMKO
  • Pabco
  • IKO
  • Atlas

Wood shakes are another popular roofing material, especially in areas where there is a high risk of hail or wind damage. Though they are very durable and highly weather-resistant, they’re also more expensive compared to other materials.

The most common woods that shakes are made from are cedar, redwood, spruce, or pine. Since the shakes are typically hand-split, you usually wind up with a rougher texture and finish compared to that of a wood shingle.

Though wood shingles are made from the same woods, they are usually less expensive. Depending on your preference, some people prefer wood shingles over shakes on account that the shingles are precision machine-cut and provide for a smoother, tapered, uniform, and crisper look.

If you’re interested in either wood shakes or wood shingles, it’s important to understand each of the varieties we offer and decide which works best for your home.

Not only are they gorgeous, but metal shingles will also make your home more resistant to hail storms, corrosion from rain and snow, wind damage and storm-related leaks. Though these are a great option if you live in an area that sees a lot of storms, metal shingled roofs cost significantly more than asphalt shingles or tiles, making them a less affordable choice for some homeowners.

If you’re looking for a metal roofing material that offers more flexibility, steel shingles may be your best bet. These come in several different sizes and styles to match all sorts of different architectural aesthetics.

The classic three-tab profile is very similar to the asphalt counterpart but with added rust resistance. Because steel shingles come in panels that can easily be custom-sized for your home, installation is significantly faster than most traditional options too.

On the heels of governments banning the use of asbestos fibers being used in any construction at all, roofing manufacturers scrambled to develop and test out other synthetic or composite materials to use instead.

After a bit of a rocky start, there have been a lot of advancements in technology to improve their offerings. Nowadays, there are some amazing polymeric composite shingles available that are even cheaper, lighter, longer lasting, or more durable than the material they are imitating such as wood or slate.

FROM THE CEO

“We’re not the cheapest roofers in the business, we’re just the easiest to work with and the most reliable when reputation matters.”

~ KODY LANDALS, CEO & FOUNDER

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