Of course, the most popular is Asphalt shingles. They look great, have longevity, and at a reasonable price. Asphalt shingles can save you money or labor costs also. Other roofing materials like metal, slate, or tile tend to cost you much more. However, they also last much longer, and they look more superior.
In the Southwest United States and Florida, tile roofing is the most popular. Tile reflects heat and has that Mediterranean-style house look.
Slate roofing is the popular pick for the Northeast, where Gothic style houses and Victorian homes are most common. Metal roofing is widespread throughout the United States. The performance of metal roofing depends on the skill of the roofing company or installer. Metal roofing can last 50 years, and slate roofing can stand up for more than 100 years with proper maintenance.
Asphalt Roofing Shingles
Avg. Cost: Price: $65–$350 per square
Asphalt Shingles are manufactured from fiberglass pressed between asphalt and ceramic granules. The Shingle’s strength comes from the fiberglass, while asphalt, which is often mixed with some minerals, makes the Shingle from leaking. The shingles’ color comes from the ceramic granules that also help deflect UV rays and from damage. Being one of the most inexpensive to purchase and install, they are the best choice for many homes. Layered in sheets it gives the roof an expensive single shingle like cedar or slate roofing.
There are three categories asphalt shingles fall into:
- Standard: (Entry-level 3 tab shingles. (Thinnest & Cheapest)
- Architectural (Step up from 3 tab shingles) They are thicker and made to resemble wood shakes.
- Multilayered Architectural Shingles. (Most expensive and thickest).
Roofing Brands that Matter:
GAF – Owens Corning – Certainteed – Atlas – Ondura – Interlock – Tamko