important to consider the pros and cons of several
different types of roof shingles and the relative cost
of each roofing material, as well as consult with a
local roofing contractor to determine which shingles
work best for your house and in your part of the
country. Hereís a look at some commonly used roofing
the most frequently used, asphalt shingles are
relatively inexpensive. Plus, if you purchase coated
asphalt shingles, they may meet the Energy Star
standards for a cool roof and earn you a rebate.
Three-tab asphalt shingles are thinner and slightly less
expensive than laminated or architectural asphalt
shingles. And though they tend to be less expensive,
asphalt shingles have a relatively short life span of 20
to 30 years.
shingles have a unique appearance characteristic of the
Southwest states and colonial Spanish architecture. Tile
shingles are some of the most expensive to purchase and
install, but also are one of the longest-lasting and
durable materials on the market, lasting more than 50
years. However, The National Roofing Contractors
Association cautions that some homes might not be able
to structurally support the weight of tile shingles.
for homes with especially flat or steep rooflines, metal
roofing can either be solid metal or constructed metal
shingles. Low-end galvanized metal roofs are relatively
inexpensive, but can last up to 50 years. Metal roofs
are becoming a popular option in many areas of the
country. Once seen largely in the Northwest and Rocky
Mountain regions, metal roofs are making an inroad into
the Midwest and southern United States.
expensive than asphalt, wood shingles are known to be
more aesthetically appealing because of their natural
appearance. If you choose a hardwood, such as cedar or
redwood, the shingles should last at least 30 years and
sometimes as long as 50 years.
material is especially popular in the Northeastern
portion of the United States, because the slate from
which the shingles are made is quarried there. These
shingles are extremely durable, with a life span of up
to 50 years. Itís not uncommon to find old farmhouses
that are leak-free and still have their original
slate-shingled roofs. If your budget doesnít allow for
real slate shingles, you can always consider a synthetic
slate product, which has a similar appearance, but a
slightly shorter life span.