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6 Different Types of Roofing Shingles

When it comes time to replace your roof, whether it’s due to age, wear and tear, or severe storms, you might want to consider switching up the type of shingle you employ. What many homeowners are unaware of is that there are countless types, styles, and manufacturers of roofing shingles, each providing different benefits. One shingle might be easy to acquire due to the abundance of the materials in the region. Another shingle might offer a specific sort of weather resistance that is more problematic for your home and location.

Picking the right type of shingle or tile for your home can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. The most important aspect to keep in mind is what works best for your home. If rain and hail have been an annoyance, you might want to find a shingle that is built to withstand the pressure. If hurricane season is a greater obstacle, you’ll want a shingle that can hold out against 100 mph winds. We have compiled a list of five of the most common shingle types to provide you an idea of what is available.

Shingle Variations

Owens Corning Duration Shingles

Our personal favorite asphalt shingle is the Owens Corning Duration┬« Shingle, which provides complete protection from winds up to 130 mph. These shingles come in a variety of beautiful styles and colors, which add immediate curb appeal and distinguishable character to your home. There are numerous protective elements added to this shingle including SureNail which is a fabric strip on your shingle that holds it together, makes the nailing process easier, which ultimately results in a more secure layer of protection over you and your family’s heads.

3 Tab Asphalt Shingles

If you’re ever walking through a neighborhood and happen to glance up at the roofs of the homes, this is likely the type of shingle you will encounter. Asphalt shingles are the most common and least expensive type of shingle. Just because they’re affordable, doesn’t mean they don’t do their job – if almost every home in America has these, they’re doing something right.

There are better options available that will hold up to stronger weather types better, but if you’re looking to keep your wallet healthy, asphalt shingles are a great option for your home.

Metal Roof Shingles

There’s nothing like raindrops on a metal roof to keep you comfortable. The added protection a metal roof provides is pretty helpful as well. Metal shingles can be morphed to any style or shape that you desire which provides an added aesthetic benefit for utilizing them. The greatest benefit of utilizing a metal shingle roof is the elongated life span. While most roofs last to about 20 years before they need to be replaced, metal shingles can last anywhere from 75 to 100 years.

With their durability, metal shingles can be rather expensive to install. The price you’re looking at for a metal roof installation will vary based on the material you use. An aluminum roof might be less expensive than a full steel one. You’re looking at anywhere from $2.80-$3.85 per square foot.

Wood Shingles

These shingles are quite dependent on how they are prepared for installation. If they are treated properly before installed, they can last up to 50 years. If they receive less of a proper treatment, you might need to replace them after only 15 years. One great benefit of wood shingles is the design and look they provide. You can either utilize the basic wood or the wooden shakes depending on the design you’re looking for.

Because of the process of creating the wooden shingles, the cost for them is much higher than others. Their ability to withstand most types of weather does make them worth the cost.

Ceramic Clay Tiles

Clay tiles are very much an aesthetic choice. If you’ve ever ventured through southern areas in the United States or been to California, then you’re quite familiar with these types of shingles. The Spanish look that they provide is something that many homeowners strive for and the durability that accompanies their style is quite appealing as well.

Depending on the type of material that your tiles are made out of, you could be looking at a roof that lasts 100 years with maintenance. Because of their demand and the need for raw materials to make them, clay roofs can also be more expensive than standard shingle roofs. They long lifespan makes these a quality investment for your home.

Slate Tile Shingles

The natural style of a slate roof is something that will almost always catch the eye. If you’re looking for a colored roof that will stand out among the rest, slate is not a good choice. However, if you’re looking for a rustic look that will last for years and can withstand even the most severe weather, perhaps you’ll consider a slate roof. Slate is a thin rock material that can be installed as a shingle and will not be weathered away quite so easily.

If properly maintained, a slate roof can last anywhere from 60-150 years before you need to replace it. The rock that slate shingles are made out of will be weathered as slowly as a rock out in nature against water and rain. These roofs often come at a premium investment.

Maintaining Your Roof

It’s unfortunate, but roofs don’t last forever. Typically, your roof will last 20 years before it begins to need replacing – longer if you maintain it properly throughout its lifespan. Maintaining your rooftop is one of the most important parts of being a homeowner, yet one of the most neglected. Insurance companies don’t cover water damage that occurs because you didn’t maintain your roof. Wear and tear is not a viable excuse for a policy.

By maintaining your roof, you’re not only extending the lifespan of it, but you’re also protecting yourself from financial issues that arise because your roof leaked and damaged your home. Finding a dependable set of shingles to keep your roof happy and healthy is the first step towards protecting your home.

Prime Roofing is proud to serve Jacksonville, Florida home owners for over a decade. If you need an experienced, organized roofing company you can count on, call us at (904) 530-1446 or send us an inquiry here to schedule your inspection.


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