Top 6 Roof Shingles for Building Construction

Roofing with shingles is considered to be a large investment which varies depending on the roofing area and the type of roof shingle chosen. Understanding different types of roofing shingles available in the market and their rates help to choose an economical shingle for the building roof.

6 Top Roofing Shingles

The top six roofing shingles commonly used by the homeowners for their home are:

1. Asphalt Roof Shingles

Asphalt roof shingles are one of the most versatile, attractive and economical roofing material in terms of maintenance and durability. There are mainly three types of asphalt roofing shingles, namely:

  • 3-Tab Asphalt Roof Shingles
  • Fiberglass Asphalt Shingles
  • Architectural Roof Shingles
Asphalt Roofing shingles
                                                           Fig.1. Asphalt Roofing shingles
Among the three types mentioned, the three-tab asphalt shingles are the most affordable type. This has a thin structure with an organic paper base. But compared to fiberglass and\
architectural roof shingles, the three-tab shingles wear out easily.
2. Architectural Shingles

Architectural Shingles, when compared to asphalt shingles, gain more durability. This type has an extra laminated layer that gives a more designed and finished look.

Architectural shingles come in more luxurious styles which are hence highly preferred by the homeowners. These have styles that resemble wooden shake designs.

In terms of costs, architectural shingles are expensive compared to asphalt shingles. But these tiles last three times longer than 3-tab asphalt shingles. Properly maintained architectural shingles can last for 30 to 50 years or more.

3. Metal Shingles

These are very stylish in appearance and are available in different varieties and colors. The installation of metal shingles is very easy as they are light in weight. This light in weight option hence makes this a favorable roofing material for building roofs that cannot take heavier loads.

Fig.2. Metal Roof Shingles

Metal roofing shingles can last for 75 to 100 years. This hence gains the longest life spans compared to other roofing types.

The metal roofing can be of different types:

  • Copper roof Shingles
  • Aluminium roof shingles
  • Steel Roofing Shingles
  • Tin Metal Roof Shingles
  • Zinc Metal Roof Shingles

4. Wooden Shingled Roofs

Wooden roof shingles are made from several wood types that are split and shaped into thin sections. These two styles of wooden roof elements are called wood shake or wood shingles.

Wood shingles possess a definite shape while wood shakes are sawn off and split by hand so that it has a rustic look. The durability of wooden roof shingles lasts from 15 to 50 years which merely depends on the type of wood and the pretreatment it has undergone before its installation.

5. Wooden Shake Roofs

As mentioned above, a wooden shake roof has a rough texture. These are made from cedar trees that are aged from 200 to 300 years. These tree logs are cut into sections which are called shakes.

wood shake or wood shingles.
Fig.3. Wood shake or Wood shingles.

Wooden shake shingles if installed properly and maintained regularly, would give a more classy look compared to asphalt shingles. But in terms of cost, they are expensive and are not a sustainable choice.

6. Solar Shingles

This is one of the modern roofing shingles available in today’s market. These are very expensive when compared to other roofing options, but they compromise this high cost by saving solar energy into electricity and power needed for households.

The solar panel shingles give a pleasing appearance to the building. In most cases, these panels do not cover the whole roof area. It takes only some portion of the roof area and another roofing shingle accompanies the solar shingles.

Fig.4. Solar Shingles

It is recommended to place the solar shingles on the south side of the roof as they behave more efficiently compared to other sides. Solar shingles have a life span of 20 to 25 years.


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