Picking Out Replacement Shingles

If your shingles are old, or if you have had storm damage to your roof, you might need to find replacement shingles for your house. Take time to consider which shingle would be best for your roof.

If you need to replace a few damaged shingles, consider replacing a larger portion of the roof.  If not, your new shingles might look discolored, even if they are the exact same color as the originals. This can be due to fading over time.

Petroleum Based Shingles

Petroleum based shingles are about 3 feet long and made up of a tar-like substance that provides insulation and repels the water. There are all sorts of other materials mixed in with the tar. They come in many different colors, so look around and select a color that will match your house or your neighborhood.

These shingles are some of the least expensive and most common. If you are repairing the roof instead of replacing it, these shingles allow you to put the new shingles over the older ones so that the repairs look seamless. In addition to keeping the weather out, these shingles are also fire-resistant to protect your home.

Tile Shingles

Tile shingles can be made of different material. Generally, they are like clay or porceline pot material. These shingles are popular in hotter areas and among stucco houses. 

Tile shingles are a lot heavier than other types. They are basically stones that you place on your roof, which can make it more difficult to replace a broken or damaged spot without drawing attention to it.

Cedar Shingles

Wooden shingles offer a rustic and unique look to any roofline. They can be difficult to maintain, and you need to clean the entire surface at least once a year.

They are also the most flammable of all the shingles, and many homeowners prefer a more fireproof material. Some manufacturers are creating materials that look like cedar but have a safer fire-proof material.

Metal Roof

Metal roofs are gaining in popularity. They are very sturdy and they insulate the entire house well. You don't generally need to replace tiles on a metal roof because it is a single piece. If you have to replace the damaged area, you will need to get an entire new roof.