Roofing is an important component of any structure. It protects the building, its occupants or items in it from weather and other external elements. That is why a homeowner, you should be careful in choosing the type of shingles you will use for your roof. Below are four common types of shingle roofing to help you make a wise decision.
4 Popular Types of Shingle Roofing
1. Asphalt Shingles
These are the most prevalent kind of shingles used today in roofing. They are made from a mat covered with asphalt, with granules that safeguard the shingles from damage by weather elements. However, these granules soften and fall off with time, leaving the mat and nail heads exposed to damage. Asphalt shingles work best in areas with consistent weather and asphalt shingles can be used to re-roof your home or get a roof over your existing roof.
The following are the selling points of these shingles;
i. They are accessible in a wide range of colors and styles making it easy for homeowners to find a design that fits their homes.
ii. They are relatively cheap
iii. They are easy to repair
iv. They are highly resistant to fire
With all the useful features these kinds of shingles come with, it has several drawbacks.
i. They have a short lifetime of between 15 and 30 years at maximum
ii. They do scar in hot climates
ii. Making and getting rid of this type of shingles affects the environment negatively
iii. Can develop mold and moss
2. Slate Roof
ii. Resistance to fire which protects a structure from destruction by external fire
iii. Environmental friendly since it doesn’t require regular replacement
iv. Gives a building an attractive look courtesy of their unique design and texture
ii. Can break easily during installation
iii. Difficult to repair since matching the old tiles with new ones is hard. They may be carved from a different block of slate.
3. Wood Shake Shingles
ii. Great for adding natural rustic looks to homes
iii. Offers the roof with excellent breathability
iv. Their insulating capability saves on energy bills
ii. They are not in fire resistance
iii. Highly vulnerable to rotting, splitting, and mold.
4. Concrete Shingles
ii. Extremely durable and require very little maintenance
iii. Resistant to fire
iv. Not easily damaged by insects and mold
ii. Very expensive