Residential roofing shingles are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, thickness and materials. In addition to weighing the pros and cons of each type of roofing shingle, you’ll want to be sure to consult a local roofing contractor to discuss which shingles work best for your home and in your geographical area.
Asphalt shingles are primarily composed of asphalt, and are one of the most widely used roofing materials on the market today. Asphalt roofing shingles are relatively cheap when compared to tile, metal, wood shake, and other types of roofing materials. With technology and design advancements, asphalt shingles can be made in many different colors and designs. Some can even replicate the look of wood shake, tile, and other types of more expensive roofing materials. While asphalt shingles are budget-friendly and one of the easiest roofing materials to install, they are one of the least durable options. Asphalt shingles typically last between 15 – 20 years and some newer, higher quality variants can last up to 40 years, but they are easily be damaged by hail storms, high winds, and other natural causes which lead to a need for repairs or replacement before the lifetime of the roof has been reached.
Wood & Shake Shingles
Wood shingles and shakes are each made out of wood (primarily pine, redwood, red cedar, and cypress) or some type of synthetic material. They are often desired for residential roofs because of their unique appearance. The difference between shakes and shingles is how they are made. A wood shingle is sawn with uniform ends and tapered evenly with a smooth front and back, a shake is split (but can be sawn), is more thick at the base end, and is tapered from one end to the other. A good wood roof that is not exposed to harsh weather conditions should last 30 – 50 years. Wood shingles are more expensive than asphalt shingles, but they are also much more energy efficient and less likely to crack or puncture from high winds and hail. Wood shingles are susceptible to rotting, molding, termite damage or other insect problems and they are more likely to catch fire than other shingle materials. Wood shingles are often chosen for their aesthetic appearance but generally require more maintenance.
At SuperiorPRO exteriors we are experts at installing new residential and commercial shingle roof systems, low slope/flat roofs, standing seam metal roof systems, and commercial TPO single ply membrane roof systems. We are also experts at concrete and clay tile roof repairs, asphalt shingle and asphalt BUR Repairs, EPDM & TPO repairs, metal roof repairs (standing seam and corrugated), and waterproofing and coating applications.
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