Is it time for a new roof? If you already know you want shingles (as opposed to tile or metal, for example), you may wonder what the most popular types are. Asphalt is by far the most popular and common for homes in America, but there are other types as well. Let’s go over a couple of the major ones.

Asphalt Roofing Shingles

These are made of fiberglass pieces sandwiched between asphalt and ceramic granules. They’re light and easy to install. If you’re looking for style and functionality on a budget, asphalt shingles are the way to go. They can last upwards of 20 years, sometimes 25 or 30 if you take good care of them.

While they are low maintenance in general, they can be vulnerable to high winds. Sometimes shingles can fall off or go missing. But the drawbacks of asphalt shingles are few and far between.

Asphalt roofing comes in two types:

  • Laminated shingles, AKA “architectural” or “dimensional” shingles: These are layered, with a thickness and depth that give them the appearance of slate or wood shakes. The affordability of laminated shingles makes them a more popular option than ever.
  • Three-tab asphalt shingles: These feature a similar price but are made in a single layer. Flatter and thinner than laminated shingles, they don’t perform quite as well under extreme conditions.

Engineered Slate Roofing Shingles

This is a composite material that looks very much like the real thing, even when viewed close up. Weighing about the same as asphalt, they come in a variety of compositions. These include plastic/polymer, clay, rubber or asphalt. Take note, though, that fake slate is more slippery than real slate. Living in a snowy climate as we do, it may be wise to install some snow guards as well. Some engineered slate can crack under impact or fade over time. While it’s not nearly as expensive as real slate, faux slate will be more expensive than asphalt.

Cedar Shakes

A traditional, natural roofing material, cedar shakes have been in use for hundreds of years. The split wood surface offers a rustic look on any home. Installing cedar shingles properly is an art form and not too many roofing companies have the experience to do it well. Cedar shakes must be treated with either a stain or oil, and will require some maintenance to sustain their performance over the years. But the trade off in beauty is well worth it for many homeowners.

Contact Hi-Tech Windows & Siding

The premier siding contractors in New England, Hi-Tech knows which roofing shingles are best for your home and climate. Trust us for expert recommendations and exceptional installation. Get a Free Estimate on roofing when you call today at 800-851-0900. We can also schedule a free in-home consultation at the same time.