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9 Different Types of Roofing Shingles (Reviewed Guide)

Starting out as a newbie in the home and structural industry, there were things I needed to know beyond being able to spot the differences between metal roofing and asphalt shingles. One of these was the different types of shingles that are available to the builder.

By the time I had settled for the type of shingles I preferred, I had learned so much that I could authoritatively, as I would do in this post, guide you along the right path to choose the best of the different types of shingles. Here are the top 9 different types of roofing shingles below:

  1. 3 Tab Asphalt Shingles
  2. Architectural Shingles
  3. Metal Roof Shingles
  4. Wood Roof Shingles
  5. Solar Roof Shingles
  6. Slate Tile Roof Shingles
  7. Composite Plastic Roof Shingles
  8. Tile Roof Shingles
  9. Rubber Roof Shingles

But as a homeowner, one key thing you need to take into account in choosing your type of roof shingles is your budget, and sometimes preference. Some types of shingles are affordable and budget-friendly; others are on the high side in terms of cost. When the two factors clash, the budget should prevail over preference, I think.

However, once your budget leads you in the decision as to what type of shingles you’re settling for, it becomes increasingly easier to know the benefits, life pan, costs, materials, and styles of each of the 18 different types of shingles from which you can choose to replace or have installed on your home. 

Apart from the budget, I also thought more important than the life expectancy of the shingles you chose is high. Find out local prices for any of the 18 types of shingles.

Now that you have a clear knowledge of how much you can spare by the end of each month, you can now choose from any of the different types of shingles we discuss here.

1. 3 Tab Asphalt Shingles

Depending on the area, incline, and size of your roof, 3 tab asphalt shingles will cost you something in the region between $5000 and $8000. That shouldn’t be valued as expensive given that the 3 asphalt shingles are the type of shingles most new homeowners use when installing their roof. Similarly, among older homeowners who need replacements, 3 tab asphalt shingles are the first types of shingles that readily come to mind.  

It is affordable and easy to install. However, it is thinner than the other asphalt shingles. At Behmer Roofing we do a lot of Shingle Roofing in Sedona, AZ.

Pros

  • Affordable and cheap
  • Great as installation and replacement 
  • Commonly used
  • Easy to install
  • Organic mat paper base

Cons

  • Relatively thinner
  • Wear out more quickly 

2. Architectural Shingles

Durability defines architectural shingles. Your roof produces an incredibly sculpted look and elegant design that is enhanced by the extra laminate layer.

Homeowners prefer this type of shingles simply because of its amazing look and ability to simulate wood shake designs. 

Although they come at a high price, architectural shingles if properly maintained, can last for as long as 30 to 50 years. That’s twice what you get if you install the asphalt shingles. 

Pros

  • Durable
  • Extra laminate layer for great design
  • Sculpted and luxurious look
  • Available in DIY and professional categories

Cons

  • More expensive to install at around $1.50 to $5.50 per square foot.

3. Metal Roof Shingles

If properly maintained, metal roof shingles have comparable advantages over every other type of shingles.

One of them is that metal roof shingles can last 75 to 100 years. This long life span is one of the longest you can get in the roofing industry. Also, the costs of buying and installing these shingles are relatively lower, depending on the neighborhood.

Pros

  • Come in sheet panels.  
  • Allows DIY and professional installation
  • Materials include zinc, tin, steel, copper and aluminium
  • Lightweight
  • Stylish and ergonomic loo

Cons

  • Relatively expensive
  • High cost of maintenance

4. Wood Roof Shingles

Divided into wood shakes and wood shingles, the wooden shingles roofs can be cut into shapes or sawn-off and hand-split.

It comes with a more rustic look than others and can last for as long as 15 to 50 years, depending on the materials used for the roof and the kind of post-installation maintenance the owner gives to it. 

Pros

  • Stylish look
  • Durable 
  • Allows for DIY and professional installation

Cons

  • Expensive 

5. Solar Shingles

You’ll have to wait for 20 to 25 years before the solar roofing shingles are replaced. Modern, elegant looking, stylish, comparatively expensive, and multiple purposes, Designed with the thought-purpose to produce electricity to your homes.  

On average, solar shingle installation will cost in the region of $21 to $25 per square foot or $2,100 to $2,500 per square. It gives off its best in terms of power generation once it is installed at the south end of your roof. East and west installation isn’t bad but not as efficient as the south exposure.

Pros

  • Dual function
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Modern and stylish

Cons

  • Pricey 

6. Slate Tile Roof Shingles

With a 60 to 150 years durability warranty, you can be sure that your great grandmother may see this roofing style replaced only once in her lifetime. That shouldn’t be an issue because it means your cost on replacement is reduced.

Thin and stone-cast, this style can cost you on average something around $8 to $14 per square foot (about $1400 per square).

What’s more, the slate tile roofing shingles are thin but very heavy. Although difficult to install, the slate tile shingles are preferred by many of the shrewd spenders. Meanwhile, difficulty in DIY installations some homeowners run from the slate tile shingles.

Pros

  • Highly durable
  • Modern
  • stylish 

Cons

  • Heavy
  • No color variation
  • Difficult to install
  • Expensive

7. Composite Plastic Roof Shingles

Before your brilliant daughter gets to the university, you may have had your roof replaced two times, at minimum, if you use composite plastic roof shingles. Why? Because the composite plastic shingles have a relatively short life expectancy.

Produced from recycled and reusable plastic materials, this eco and environment-friendly roof replacement will cost you a bit. This cost accounts for the installation of these shingles on a standard-sized single-story building.

These shingles are relatively affordable; and based on the type of plastic used in producing them, composite plastic shingles will last between 7 to 20 years.

Pros

  • Relatively affordable
  • Lightweight and easy to install
  • Eco-friendly

Cons

  • Relative life expectancy

8. Tile Roof Shingles

A century life span isn’t bad for tile roofing shingles that boast an easy-to-install process. Durability is the word but that is dependent on how their installation is done in the first place.

Tiles are one of the materials you can cheaply get on the market out there. Give tiles just 10 years to slip off if you place them on a mortar bed.

Tile roofing shingles come in 8 different sub-types, including bituminous tiles, stone slate tiles, polymer sand tiles, copper tiles, concrete interlocking tiles, etc. if you go for the imitation slate tiles, they last for between 10 and 35 years; the slate stone tiles can last between 60 and 150 years; 

Pros

  • Long Lasting 
  • Easy to install
  • Cheap and affordable

Cons

  • Pricey Installation 

9. Rubber Roof Shingles

When they’re fully completed, you may not be able to tell whether what you’re seeing right in front of you is rubber roof shingles or asphalt shingles. Rubber roof shingles boast an easy-to-install mechanism, whether it is the DIY or professional method. 

However, rubber roofing can last from 15 to 25 years on your home, depending on how the installation is done and the kind of rubber membrane used. Interestingly, rubber roof shingles can save you a lot of energy bills and save you money on yearly utility costs. 

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • No premium for maintenance 

Cons

  • Relatively short life span
  • Can be both costly and affordable
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