There are a variety of materials used in making roof shingles, and each type has its advantages and disadvantages when it comes to protecting your home.
Here, we take a look at a few popular types of shingles and tell you their standout features, and their drawbacks.
Asphalt shingles are the most widely used in American homes because they’re inexpensive and easy to install. They come in a variety of styles, and because they’re so prevalent, you should have no trouble finding a roofer in your area who is experienced with installing or repairing these shingles.
Another advantage of using asphalt shingles is the time it takes for installation and repairs. Generally, a roofing job can be done in hours when you’re using asphalt shingles.
Lastly, asphalt shingles are great for reflecting the sun’s UV rays and keeping your house cool, which can be an advantage if you live in a hot climate.
The downside to asphalt shingles is that they don’t last long — about 20 years. Lastly, asphalt shingles are fragile, which means they’re easily damaged by tree limbs and branches when the weather turns nasty.
Fiberglass shingles are similar to asphalt, but they’re more durable and last longer. Also, like the asphalt shingles, the fiberglass reflects UV rays, which keeps your home cooler and puts less strain on your AC system. Another benefit to fiberglass is their longevity. A good fiberglass roof can last about ten years or more than the asphalt. Lastly, fiberglass shingles are less prone to burn in case of a fire.
The downside to using fiberglass is the cost. Typically, an asphalt roof can be installed for as low as $1,700, but a fiberglass roof can start at $3,800 and go up from there.
Entering the world of metal roofs, the benefit to these is their longevity. Metal roofing materials are some of the longest-lasting roofs you can install, many last up to 50 years or more. Which is the reason why a lot of commercial roofing companies leans more towards tin. Because of the durability, a metal roof is an investment that not only offers the homeowner the peace of mind knowing their home is protected but also ensures that the resale value of the house remains high.
Tin is an ideal material because it protects your home against virtually anything Mother Nature can throw at it.
The downside of tin and other metal materials is that it absorbs heat, which will increase your home’s temperature in the summer. Tin and metal roofs are not recommended for those who live in perpetually hot climates. Also, tin roofs are very expensive to install and repair when it comes to hiring roofing companies.
With all the available materials, it can be tough to choose which is best for you. The key is to ask how long you plan on living in your home, what kind of climate you live in, and what is your budget. Answering these three questions will put you on the path to getting that perfect roof.