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Types of Roof Shingles for Your Home

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The shingles matter! Top of the line roof shingles cover and protect your home from the elements, insulate the home, increase the value of your property, and even increase its curb appeal.

And when it comes to choosing the right shingles for the roof of your home, it’s good to know that you have many options available. So, if you’re looking to replace the roof on your home, here are the top five types of shingles you will consider.

Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are among the most popular and inexpensive kind of shingles for the roof. The shingles come in a variety of colors, sizes, styles, and designs like weathered wood, bark, slate or charcoal, and some even include fiberglass or natural protection.

The biggest drawback of asphalt shingles is that they perform poorly in areas where the temperature fluctuates, which can cause the roof to get ruined. Additionally, these shingles don’t resist heat particularly well when compared to metal panels, for example.

Fiberglass shingles

Fiberglass shingles are asphalt shingles with a fiberglass base coated in a layer of waterproof resin. These shingles are very lightweight and fire and UV-resistant, and very cost-efficient. The fiberglass layer also makes them more durable than regular asphalt shingles. They also come with a more extended warranty.

Organic shingles

Organic shingles, also known as felt mat asphalt shingles, are made from recycled cardboard, wood chips, rags, paper, and other organic matter. This makes them one of the most environmentally friendly roofing materials. The shingles are coated in a waterproof material to resist rain; however, they are prone to moisture and saturation.

Organic shingles usually have a 20-year lifespan and are among the more affordable materials. They are also much heavier which makes them very wind-resistant, but the issues with moisture mean the shingles are prone to ice damage.

Tile shingles

Tile shingles are the most adaptable type of roofing material since it works well with virtually any architectural home design. And because they are molded in different shapes, they come in a much wider variety of colors and designs.

The only drawback when it comes to these types of shingles is that the shingles themselves are inexpensive. However, the cost of installation is substantial. It takes skilled and certified professionals to install them. This is because they are one of the heavier roofing materials available on the market.

Wood shingles

Wood shingles are a moderately affordable roofing material. They are very eco-friendly, durable (lifespan up to 50 years), and energy efficient. Cedar and redwood are usually used to create these shingles, which is rot-resistant, pliable and wind-resistant.

The downside to wood shingles is that they are less fire-resistant than other shingles. It’s vital homeowners coat them in fire-resistant resin regularly.

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