Shingles are the most common building material for roofs. Inexpensive compared to other roofing materials, shingles come in a variety of shapes, types, and colors and give the home a finished look.
There are multiple types of shingles on the market. By researching each type of shingle you will choose a shingle that best protects your home while giving it a look that matches the style of the house. You will also want to choose shingles that are appropriate for your region accounting for climate, insullation and exposure to fire and other natural disasters.
Asphalt shingles are the most common type of shingle used in home construction. These shingles can last upwards of 30 years, making them an attractive option for homeowners. Asphalt shingles do have a seemingly uniform look. While you can have various colors, they tend to look similar to one another.
Slate shingles have the advantage of outlasting most other types in terms of years of service. Slate shingles are made of stone and can last over 50 years. Unfortunately, these shingles can also be dangerous. Slate shingles can fracture easily, slide off the roof and shatter. This creates a danger, as slate is heavy and sharp compared to other types of shingles. Always have slate shingles installed by a professional.
Slate, being a natural stone, is also the most expensive shingle material on the market. The stone material as well as the cost of installation drives the price skyward. When you are considering the cost of slate, however, be sure to factor in the extra years of use they provide. The extra money up front is often a savings down the road.
Wood shingles bring a rustic and earthy feel to your home. Made from a variety of woods, cedar and pine are the most commonly used. All wood shingles must be treated and sealed before being installed on the roof to stand up to wind, rain and sun. Wood shingles do not often last as long as asphalt shingles and they can shrink in size over time.
Metal and clay tiles are also used for shingles both for design considerations and fire protection.
In the end you will want to balance cost against longevity, style and protection in choosing a shingle for your house. Always consider your region and take advice from local government agencies as to what material is recommended.