5 Common Shingle Materials For Your Roof

5 Common Shingle Materials For Your Roof

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Are you looking at replacing your roof? Feeling overwhelmed by all of the options? Wanting something affordable but still quality? Installing a new roof can be a stressful process but is something that can affect your home’s resale value and appearance for years to come. You want to be sure you are investing in the best product without overpaying. Included here are a few of the best shingle types to consider for your new roof.


One of the most popular brands of shingle on the market are asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are popular because they are low-cost, quick to install, and last for long periods of time. In the past, asphalt shingles have been less popular than other options because their appearance was limited. Fortunately, with upgraded styles from GAF, you can have the look of everything from wood to tile shingles, while still keeping the affordable price-tag associated with asphalt.


Many people love wooden shingles because they have a classic look. Wooden shingles have been used for many years in the roofing industry and cost slightly more than asphalt. Using a hardwood shingle, like cedar or redwood, will allow your roof to last for 30-50 years while looking sharp.


In the past, metal or tin roofing was viewed as a purely functional option that was not aesthetically appealing. However, in recent years, manufacturers have developed metal roofing that can look just as sleek and clean as regular shingles. Metal roofing is especially popular for individuals with a steep or flat roofline and in areas that get heavy snowfall. Metal roofs will last up to 50 years and are a moderately priced option for roofing, though some have concern about lightning strikes with them.


Gaining popularity in the Northeast, slate shingles have begun to be used in many roofing applications. The slate used for roofing is quarried in the Northeast and is easily accessible. Slate gives roofs a European look and can last for as long as 50 years. If you find the price-tag for slate to be too high, consider purchasing synthetic slate, which will give you the same appearance with a slightly shorter life span.


Characteristic of the Southwest, tile shingles have been used for many years on colonial style homes and in Spanish architecture. Tile shingles are notoriously expensive to purchase and install, but are the longest lasting and most durable of roofing materials, with some roofs lasting 80 years or more. If you do choose to install tile, be sure your roofing beams are strong enough to support the weight, as tile puts a much heavier load on the home.