Types of Roofing Shingles – Your Options (Part 1)

Usually, you pay more for better quality shingles. The roofing industry is highly competitive and generally lower end types of roofing shingles are not very long lasting. The weather and maintenance also play a significant role in reducing the life of roofs. Roofs also have to meet stringent roofing standards and be resistant to wind, fire and impact. Each state has its own requirements on this front depending on local conditions and before you make your roof purchase it is better to check your local needs and standards in order to be fully compliant.

Let’s check out the choices available and types of roofing shingles to pick from:

Asphalt Shingles

By far the most popular type of roofing shingle, asphalt is most favored because it is the least expensive of all the roofing materials. It is easy to install and lasts about a decade, it would last longer if it is maintained really well. They are manufactured by sandwiching fiberglass in between layers of asphalt and ceramic granules. It is light weight and durable. These are also known as compositional shingles. These types of shingles are available in large selection of brands, colors, textures and much favored because of their versatility. They can be laid on top of an existing roof. It is susceptible to heat and can get ripped off by heavy winds. They do offer fire resistance and impact resistance. Ventilation vents are important on asphalt shingle roofs as they dissipate the heat absorbed by it.

Architectural Shingles

A more expensive version of asphalt shingles are the architectural shingles or laminated shingles or dimensional shingles. These are thicker and layered and look a lot like slate or wood shingles. The 3-TAB asphalt shingles is one more version that is widely used. They are thinner than laminated shingles and come in strips of 3.

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