Types of Roofing Shingles| Home Remedy Houston

A top-quality roof acts as a barrier for your property. Not only do quality shingles provide your home with additional insulation, but they also increase the value of your property. Here is a breakdown of pros and cons of different types of roofing shingles to consider.

1. Asphalt Shingles

PROS: Asphalt shingles are popular and affordable. They come in different sizes, shapes and colors. They are waterproof and inexpensive. Many asphalt shingles are Energy Star approved, helping you save on your energy bill. They have a lifespan of 20-30 years in moderate climates.

CONS: Prone to moisture and saturation, asphalt shingles don’t do well in climates that fluctuate. Sudden changes in temperature can cause those shingles to crack. Also, they can only be used on roofs with a steep slope.

2. Three-Tab Shingles

PROS: Three-tab shingles are light and inexpensive but they have the same lifespan as asphalt shingles. Because of their cutouts running along the bottom edge, they make a roof look like it was made of different types of shingles.

CONS: Although waterproof, three-tab shingles aren’t recommended for roofs with a low slope. Wind-driven rain tend to occur bigger damages to this type of shingles.

3. Tile Shingles

PROS: Tile shingles can come in lighter colors which helps keep them cooler than asphalt or three-tab shingles. They are the most visually appealing and longest lasting (they have a lifespan of 80 years).

CONS: Tile shingles are among the most expensive type of roofing. Since tile shingles could be too heavy for your roof structure, you must get your house structure thoroughly examined by an experienced roofing contractor. Tile shingles are associated with small leaks, cracks and holes.

4. Wood Shingles

PROS: Wood shingles prices fall between very affordable asphalt shingles and expensive tile ones. They are the most environmentally friendly type of shingles, and are durable. In fact, they have a lifespan of 30-50 years and are proven energy-efficient. Wood shingles are available in cedar and redwood. You can powerwash them to avoid mold.

CONS: A big drawback of wood shingles is that they are more susceptible to fires, termites and mold.  When broken, wood shingles have to be replaced as they are hard to repair. They are also the hardest tiles to install and thus require more labor time.

5. Metal Roofing

PROS: Metal roofing is durable and affordable. It can use low-galvanized metal, copper, tin, zinc and aluminum. It can also last up to 50 years.

CONS: Metal roofing can be loud whenever there’s hail or rain. Some issues linked to metal roofing include : rust, leaks, and curled up edges and seams.

6. Slate Shingles

PROS: With a lifespan of 80-100 years, slate shingles are known to be the most water and damage resistant type of roofing shingles. They are ideal for houses in cold climates.

CONS: Slate shingles have a lot of great properties but they are pricier, their maintenance is expensive and they are heavier.

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