Are you thinking about re-shingling your roof? Before you do so, you need to consider all the different types of shingles that you can use. Each shingle has its own unique design and advantages associated with it. Some shingles do better in certain weather, which is something that should be considered before installing them on your property. This guide goes over a few of the most popular materials used for shingles and why you should choose them.
Asphalt shingles are one of the most widely used shingles. They are popular because they are cheap and easy to install. Anyone with basic roofing skills would be capable of installing the shingles. The most important part of the process is making sure the underlayer of the roof is completely waterproof. After that, the shingles are applied in layers down the roof. Asphalt shingles do have a shorter life expectancy when compared to other materials.
Metal has long since been a popular choice for roofing materials. However, most metal roofs are tin sheets installed on the roof. Now you can get metal shingles. They have the same look as asphalt shingles but are made of a much more durable material. Metal doesn't weaken and rot as asphalt does. The cost of metal is significantly more than asphalt, but it makes up for this by having a very long life expectancy. Metal shingles can last over 70 years. This is twice as long as asphalt.
Clay shingles are not widely used but they are becoming more common. They have a more unique look than other types of shingles but are installed in layers like asphalt or metal. Clay shingles can last 100 years and are extremely water resistant. Unfortunately, you need to trust the person who is installing them. Each clay shingle needs to be cut to the exact length as the others. If one is off, the entire roof will be in jeopardy and the roof will not be waterproof. Also, when maintaining clay shingles, you need to replace the entire row which can be a hassle and costly.
As you can see, there are many types of shingles you can choose when you are re-shingling your roof. All the materials come in a variety of colors that you can pick from. Speak with a local roofing company and see which options they have. They will give you a free quote for the material you choose.
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