Roof shingles are a roof covering consisting of individual overlapping pieces of material. Shingles are made of various materials such as wood, slate, flagstone, cement, metal, plastic, ceramic and most commonly a composite material such as asphalt shingles. All roofing shingles are laid in courses from the bottom edge of the roof up, with each successive course overlapping the joints below.
Your home roof is the #1 thing protecting your home from wind, weather, and water. And like anything, a roof is only as good as the individual parts. These parts include the decking, underlayment, and most importantly shingles. Whether you’re replacing the roof on your home or considering new roof for a custom build, knowing your material is a huge help for planning.
Factors for selecting the right shingles for your home:
- PRICE – The cost of replacing your home roof is almost always the #1 factor homeowners consider. At Amazing Home Contractors, we understand the importance of keeping a roof project within your budget. This is the main reason we’ve partnered in Mariner Finance to bring you low monthly payments that won’t bust your wallet.
- QUALITY – You need to keep in mind that the roof you choose may have the potential to outlive yourself! The right quality materials with a good manufacture’s warranty will allow your new roof to last for decades. We are proud to say that we are a GAF certified installer and licensed (Maryland License #93684) by the state of Maryland.
- APPEARANCE – Replacing a tired old roof can add instant curb appeal to your home. With the vast selection of colors, styles, and materials it’s difficult sometimes to find the right roof shingle for your home project. Our sales staff will help you decide the perfect color and style for a handsome new roof that will make you proud call your place – home.
Most common types of home roof shingles:
- Asphalt Shingles
- Metal Roofing/Shingles
- Wood Shingles
- Tile & Natural Stone Shingles
Generally the most frequently used, asphalt shingles are relatively inexpensive. Three-tab asphalt shingles are thinner and slightly less expensive than laminated or architectural asphalt shingles. And though they tend to be less expensive, asphalt shingles have a relatively short lifespan of 20 to 30 years.
APPEARANCE Architectural or Laminate shingles differ from the traditional three-tab asphalt shingles because the actual shingle tabs have various sizes and shapes. These various sizes and shapes give them a more “dimensional” look. The appearance of them can actually make a shingle roof look more like a shake roofing material.
WEIGHT Architectural shingles weigh more than 3-tab shingles. In fact, they weigh around 50 percent more than the asphalt 3-tab shingles.
THICKNESS Because they are thicker than three-tab shingles they usually have a longer warranty. Architectural shingles generally have a minimum 30-year guarantee and are rated to resist higher wind speeds.
COST Architectural asphalt shingles cost more because of the increased thickness of the layers. This additional material leads to a higher manufacturing cost.
VALUE With proper installation, architectural shingles maintain or increase the value of your home. Because of the increase in property value, they are the preferred choice by homeowners.
POPULARITY Architectural asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material installed by contractors in the United States.
APPREARANCE Because they have three equally sized and spaced tabs the three-tabbed shingles have a uniform look.
WEIGHT These shingles only have a single layer. Obviously this means they weigh much less than a dimensional shingle.
THICKNESS A single layer of asphalt with a uniform appearance means the three-tabbed shingles are thinner.
Metal Roofing & Shingles
Appropriate for homes with especially flat or steep rooflines, metal roofing can either be solid metal or constructed metal shingles. Low-end galvanized metal roofs are relatively inexpensive but last up to 50 years. Metal roofs are becoming a popular option for those looking for a very long term investment.
More expensive than asphalt, wood shingles are known to be more aesthetically appealing because of their natural appearance. If you choose a hardwood, such as cedar or redwood, the shingles should last at least 30 years and sometimes as long as 50 years.
Tile & Natural Stone Shingles
These shingles have unique appearance characteristics for a very distinctive look. Tile and slate are some of the most expensive roofing materials to purchase and install. But they are also one of the longest-lasting and durable materials available. These roofs can last in some cases more than 50 years! However, The National Roofing Contractors Association cautions that some homes might not be able to structurally support the weight of tile & natural stone shingles.