So, the time has come…for your roof to be replaced, that is.
With that in mind, it’s important to note that – in this day and age – there are quite a few different options to choose from when it comes to the type of shingles that are available for your roof (barring any sort of neighborhood or regional restrictions). Quality and durability can vary from type to type, and choosing what’s right for your home may be completely different than the needs of the neighbor down the street. So, let’s take a few minutes to review the different types of shingles on the market today!
Asphalt shingles are the single most common type of roofing shingles due, in part, to their affordability. All things considered, asphalt shingles are relatively inexpensive (when compared to some of their roofing counterparts). Some asphalt shingles are Energy Star rated, which can definitely help with the electric bills (because every little bit counts, right?). Asphalt shingles come in both three-tab and architectural varieties, and tend to have a lifespan of roughly 20 to 30 years.
Because of their natural appearance, wood shingles tend to be more aesthetically pleasing to many people. Wood shingles can last between 30 and 50 years, making them a good choice to chat with your roofer about if they’re something that interests you. By choosing a hardwood – like redwood or cedar – you’ll set yourself up for getting the biggest ‘bang for your buck’, so to speak, since those types of wood shingles tend to last the longest.
Metal roofing, once only seen (for the most part) on industrial and agricultural buildings, is becoming an increasingly popular option as of late for homes. Metal roofs are appropriate for homes with flat or steep rooflines and can last up to 50 years. If this is something you’re interested in, let us know!
Slate shingles are extremely durable (and the slate itself is completely fireproof), with life spans upwards of 50 years. Because of the fact that slate is quarried in New England, these types of shingles are quite popular in that region. However, they’re beginning to gain a foothold in other parts of the country as well. The one drawback to slate shingles is their price, which can be a bit prohibitive for some; if, however, you’ve got your heart set on slate but it’s out of your budget, consider a synthetic slate product – this is similar in appearance to actual slate but is a bit less expensive (and comes with a slightly shorter life span).
Tile shingles, often considered a mainstay in both colonial Spanish and Southwestern architecture, are extremely unique in their appearance. Tile shingles have the benefit of not only being one of the least-expensive to purchase and install, but are also quite durable (they can often last up to 80 years!). However, it’s VERY important to note that, due to their weight, not every house can structurally support the weight of tile shingles.
Regardless of your roofing needs, Golden Rule Contractors in Lincoln and Beaver Crossing, Nebraska, is here to help! You can depend on us to get the job done right, on time, and within your budget.