How to Choose the Right Shingles

Deciding that you want a new roof is just the first step to getting a new roof, but next comes deciding what kind of roof you want. Just as there are plenty of options for siding and windows, there are plenty of options for shingles. The type of shingle you choose for your new roof is contingent on many different factors like the climate you live in, cost, and the look you want for your new roof.


The most common shingle used today is the asphalt shingle. They come in many design options, are usually the cheapest option, and they are easy to install. Asphalt shingles typically have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years, although this can vary depending on the climate you live in. If you have looked into getting a new roof, there is no doubt that asphalt shingles are the first thing that popped into your head.


Slate shingles are another popular style of shingle. These tend to be costlier than asphalt shingles and are not as customizable. While slate shingles typically come in one style, they are waterproof, fireproof and extremely strong. Slate shingles can last up to 50 years. If you like the look of slate shingles but do not like the price tag, there are synthetic slate shingles on the market but they are not as durable as the real thing.


If you are looking for the most durable shingles on the market, then you want to spring for tile shingles. Tile shingles can be very expensive, especially if you want to customize them, but some people feel that the cost is worth it. Tile shingles have an extremely long lifespan, upwards of 80 years, and they are easy to replace or repair if they are damaged. While they are the most expensive roofing option, some homeowners find it is a good lifelong investment.


If you want a more natural look for your house, then wood shingles might be best for you. Wood shingles are made from hardwoods and cost more than asphalt shingles, but they do tend to last longer. The one issue with wood shingles is that they are prone to fire.


Once you figure out your price range, and the overall look you want for your house, it’s time to pick out your shingles. While the many options may seem daunting at first, once you zero in on what you want for your home, there will be plenty of options to make your vision a reality.

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