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5 Types of Shingles to Consider for Your Roofing Project


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5 Types of Shingles to Consider for Your Roofing Project

Roofing systems play a pivotal role when it comes to the structural integrity of buildings. Although exposure to extreme weather conditions may impact the durability of a roof, selecting the right roofing material can notably enhance the life expectancy. The selection of roofing material is primarily based on weather condition and preferences of the owner, while keeping in mind other factors such as durability and aesthetic appeal. As there are plenty of roofing material to choose from, homeowners find it difficult to select the right roofing material for new roof installations. To help, this blog post discusses a few common roofing materials along with their essential attributes, such as varieties, costs and life expectancies.

1. Asphalt

Asphalt shingles are fairly inexpensive and a widely-used roofing material in the US. Available in diverse colors and designs, these shingles are environment-friendly and lightweight. Fiberglass and organic shingles are the most common asphalt shingles that help you save on energy bills. Asphalt shingles are ideal for steep slope roofs in areas with minimal temperature fluctuations. Moreover, asphalt roofs have a lifespan of 20 to 50 years, and professional installation costs may range anywhere from $1,800-8,400 depending on the size and pitch of the roof and other factors outlined by your roofing services provider.

2. Wood

Although wood shingles are expensive, they are aesthetically more appealing because of their natural appearance. Available in an array of choices such as cedar and redwood, wood shingles are far more durable than asphalt shingles. A hardwood roof can last more than 30 years and up to 50 years depending on the maintenance. A professional roofing services company may charge an installation fee ranging from $7,000-15,000 for wood shingles. The only limitation with wood shingles is the requirement for preventive maintenance measures.

3. Tile

Although tile shingles are one of the most expensive roofing materials available, they are preferred by homeowners because of their aesthetic appeal and endurance. These shingles are ideal for new roofing projects rather than re-roofing or replacing, as a property needs to be strong enough to bear the heavy weight of tiles. Consult a  professional roofing expert to check whether it is advisable to install tile shingles. A tile roof may last for over 50 years, and the installation cost depends on customizations. An average tile costs anywhere between $300-700, and a complete tile roof renovation may require a cost ranging from $10,000 to $14,000.

4. Metal

A metal roof lasts 2 to 4 times more than an asphalt roof. Metal roofs save up to 40 percent energy costs, provide up to 35 percent insurance discounts, and help you recoup up to 95 percent of the cost at resale. Even though a metal roof installation seems costly, homeowners save significantly on roof maintenance, which may make the option more cost-effective than asphalt roofs. Metal roofs can last for more than 50 years with least permeability to water leakages. A roofing services company may charge up to $15,000 for a metal roof installation. You can,  however, slash the costs by considering materials made of low-galvanized metal.

5. Slate

Slate is relatively stronger than other roofing materials. Slate has extremely low water absorption index of 0.4 percent, making it tolerant to hail storms and freezing temperatures. Slate roofs are amazingly durable and may last for over 80 years to 100 years. Color options for slate shingles include green, gray, black and red. Slate shingles are heavy, which is the reason why you need to consult a roofing expert before installation. When it comes to the cost, slate roofs may cost you anywhere between $5,000-$23,000 depending on the size of the roof and installation complexities.

The Bottom Line

Those were the five types of commonly used roofing materials. If you need expert help in deciding the type that is ideal for your property, get in touch with a trusted roofing services provider such as Longhorn. No matter what material you choose, our experts will take care of your roofing needs right from selecting the material, to installing a new roof, to performing regular maintenance. If you have any questions about roofing or to schedule a consultation with one of our roofing experts, simply call (972) 677-7421 or fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you, shortly.

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