Shingle roofs are made from various types of materials. No matter what the material it’s important to have quality shingles.  Not only do they act as a protective barrier to your property, but they help keep your home properly insulated and potentially increase your home’s overall value. Here’s some information about the different types of shingles we work with when replacing a roof.

Asphalt Shingles

Shingles made from asphalt are among the most popular and affordable. A few facts about Asphalt Shingles include:

  • Some types include fiberglass and organic shingles
  • There are several different sizes, colors and styles to choose from
  • Many of them meet Energy Star standards, which allows you to save on energy bills

Asphalt Shingles can only be used on roofs that have a steep slope. They also do better in areas where the temperature does not have sudden, drastic fluctuations.

You can get Asphalt Shingles that look like:

  • Weathered wood
  • Barkwood
  • Slate
  • Charcoal

A roof made with Asphalt Shingles usually lasts about 20 years.

Fiberglass Shingles

Fiberglass asphalt shingles are made from a fiberglass base mat and layered with a waterproof coating. Other features regarding Fiberglass Shingles include:

  • Lightweight
  • Fire-resistant
  • Longer warranty
  • Not as expensive as other roofing materials
  • Resistance to UV rays
  • Durable

Fiberglass Shingles are a type of asphalt shingle but because it is backed with fiberglass, it can be more durable and even more affordable. This type of shingle can last 20-30 years.

Metal Shingles

Metal shingles are stylish in appearance and there are many different color options available to pick from. Aesthetically a metal roof can really add character to any structure. Metal shingles go on relatively easy. They are also very lightweight which makes them a good option for homes or buildings that cannot support a heavier option. A metal roof can last 75 to 100 years!

Slate Shingles

A slate roof can last a lifetime. Slate Shingles are thin but very heavy when used for a whole roof. That is why the state of the overall structure must be taken into account when considering this type of shingle. Or course, when using slate there is only one look/color but many people appreciate the natural beauty of this material. Slate Shingles are difficult to install but when done properly they will give you one of the longest-lasting roof options available. While very expensive, many people decide they are worth the money since they will last more than a lifetime.


To learn about other types of Shingle materials available and to find out what will work for your home or commercial building. Give us a call at (301) 253-1838.