Learn About the Different Types of Roofing Shingles

If you drive through several neighborhoods and take a look at the rooflines of the properties, you’ll notice an important aspect of roof shingles: they are available in a wide variety of styles and materials.

With the many colors, materials and types available, the options for your roof shingles are nearly limitless. Each of these styles offers its own benefits and drawbacks. Here are some of the most common options.

Asphalt roof shingles

These are one of the most common types of roof shingles. Several varieties of asphalt roof shingles are available in this category.

  • Three-tab roof shingles: These roof shingles feature three tabs that offer a symmetrical look for the roof. They create a repeating rectangular shape for the roofline. These shingles are usually more affordable than other options.
  • Architectural roof shingles: These are more expensive than three-tab roof shingles. They feature two layers of shingle pieces, which provide variation and a dimensional look to the roof. They are thicker, have higher wind resistance and usually include a longer warranty period than other types of roof shingles.
  • Impact-resistant roof shingles: This style of roofing shingles offers greater resistance to wind, hail and other debris. They are modified to create a rubberizing effect that allows the shingles to absorb impacts and prevent dents, cracks or other damage.
  • Cool roof shingles: Cool roof shingles reduce heat absorption. They are covered with solar-reflecting granules, which causes the roof to absorb less heat and helps keep the interior of the property cooler.

Tile roofing

If you are interested in expanding your roof shingle options beyond asphalt, tile roofing is another potential option. These roof shingles are much heavier than asphalt. If you would like to use this style of roof shingles, the roof structure must be reinforced to handle the extra weight of the tiles.

Tile roofing can allow you to achieve a specific aesthetic that is not possible with asphalt. Many homes in the American Southwest feature this type of roof shingles and may require the use of tile roofing to maintain a historical look.

Slate roof shingles

Made of individual pieces of slate, slate roof shingles are another possible option for your roofing project. Keep in mind, like other tile roof shingles, these are very heavy, so they require extra structural support. Due to their weight, they are also one of the more expensive options for roof shingles.

Wood roof shingles

These are typically made of redwood or cedar. Wood roof shingles are often used for achieving a distinct look. However, they are more susceptible to fire damage.

Wood shake roof shingles

These roof shingles are also made from redwood or cedar but are hand split rather than precision cut, to deliver a more unique, rustic look. As with other wood roof shingles, they are more prone to fire damage than other types of roof shingles.

We have options

Looking for the best roof shingles for your property? Contact the pros at Manada Roofing to discuss your options. Our experts will help you choose the best roof shingles based on your budget, setting and desired aesthetics. Reach us today at 510-780-9517.