Can’t decide what kind of roofing to go with for your home? Here are a few of our favorite roofing shingle options.
Asphalt shinglesare among the most common roofing options throughout the country. They’re affordable and they blend in to just about every neighborhood and every house style. But when it comes to roofing shingles, there’s not just one way to do it. At Best 4 U Roofing, we’re happy to walk you through your options and help you decide what’s best for you. When it comes to roofing shingles, here are some of the best options.
Most of the time, when you see asphalt shingle roofing, you’re seeing 3-tab shingles. These are the traditional rectangular, horizontal shingles, that lay flat against a sloped roof. They come in a variety of colors, are easy to install, and are affordable. These types of roofing shingles suit both classic house styles as well as more modern homes.
Architectural shingles are similar, but a bit more stylized. They’re often made to look similar to wood shakes, which still exist but were more common in old-world Europe. However, this style of shingled roofing is actually fairly common, first established in 1970. These shingles are also more tightly installed and “laminated,” so they’re more durable and wind resistant than the traditional 3-tab shingled roofing. However, they are still made from asphalt and are still an affordable option.
Not all roofing shingles are made from traditional asphalt, however. Organic shingles are made from a composite of recycled materials including wood chips, cardboard, paper, and rags. They’re also sometimes known as “felt mat asphalt shingles.” If you’re looking for an eco-friendly option, this is a terrific choice. While not as cheap as traditional asphalt, this is still an affordable option and are waterproof.
Slate tile roofing is not strictly shingled, but it has a similar look with the added benefit of a natural appearance and fireproof nature. Slate tiles are favored by homeowners who like a more stately, classic aesthetic for their home. They typically come in dark grey, but can be made in other colors to suit your home. Slate is heavy and definitely needs expertise to install, which is why some homeowners prefer lifelike slate alternatives. Your eyes won’t be able to tell the difference, but you’ll save money and trouble with the installation.
Finally, for those who like a more classic, historic elegance, there are wood shakes. Typically made with cedar — which has a rich color that stands out even from the ground, wood shakes are perfect for a more rustic look. They can also be treated with fire retardant to become more fire resistant. This option is one of the most environmentally friendly choices, and the natural thermal performance of wood makes them energy efficient. Again, however, you will need an expert installation crew to make sure it’s installed correctly and that you get the most out of this option.
What kind of shingles do you want for your roof? Maybe you want another option altogether? Contact Best 4 U Roofing for more information or a free quote on new roofing.