8 Most Popular Types of Roof Shingles

types of roof shingles

Is your home protected from all angles?

You may think a fence around the property and a strong security system are enough. What about protecting your home from the elements?

A home is only as strong as its roof.

The roof fends off possible damages from high winds and heavy amounts of water over the years. Choosing the best types of roof shingles can make a difference in how well a roof holds up.

Here are the 8 Most Popular Types of Roof Shingles

1. Asphalt

Asphalt shingles are one of the most common types of roof shingles.

They are also some of the cheapest, with prices ranging from $100 – $150 per shingle. Installation costs range anywhere from $1,700 – $8,400.

This option works best in temperate climates. If used on roofs where the weather changes dramatically, you may see some shingles cracking under tough conditions.

Still, it provides about 20 to 30 years of good protection when used in the right climate.

Some homeowners opt for coated asphalt shingles. These meet Energy Star standards to save electricity and provide extra protection from the elements.

Keep in mind you must have a steep slope on your roof for asphalt shingles.

2. Three-Tab

If you like the appeal of asphalt, but do not have the steep slope for it, you may opt for three-tab shingles.

These shingles get their name because cutouts give the visual impression there are three separate shingles when installed.

Three-tab shingles are thinner and less expensive than asphalt, coming up at a maximum of $5,300 to install. Still, they provide an equal amount of 20 to 30 years use on your roof.

Both asphalt and three-tab shingles are a good option for cheap, quick solutions to your roofing needs.

3. Metal

Metal shingles work well on flat and steep roofs alike.

This can be another low-cost option, but ask about the effect on price between different metals. Shingles range between copper, tin, zinc, and aluminum with prices anywhere from $100 – $1,000 per shingle. Average installation fees can be as low as $2,000 or reach $15,000.

No matter if the costs add up or stay low, metal is one of the longest lasting types of roof shingles. One roof can last 50 years when maintained well, which is twice as long as asphalt!

4. Wood

For a more eco-friendly option than other types of roof shingles, go for wood.

This natural alternative comes in cedar and redwood for about $400 – $700 per shingle. Installation can reach up to $15,000, landing wood shingles at about mid-range of average roofing costs.

The price is worth every penny, since wood shingles can last anywhere from 30 to 50 years. Plus, many are willing to pay more for the beautiful aesthetics of a wood roof.

Wood shingles are easily maintained with regular pressure washing to protect from mold and mildew. Homeowners should keep in mind this option is more likely to catch on fire. It also needs to be protected from the dangers of termites and mold.

5. Fiberglass

These types of roof shingles begin with a fiberglass base made of overlapping wet fiberglass glued together by urea-formaldehyde. It is then coated with a blend of mineral fillers and asphalt to make the shingles waterproof.

The coating also makes fiberglass shingles fire resistant, lightweight and durable, all for a lower price than most shingle options. In fact, installation only reaches about $8,000 maximum.

Additionally, homeowners who invest in fiberglass shingles are getting better protection from UV rays and, usually, a longer warranty.

6. Organic

If you want to help save the planet and your wallet, organic shingles may be the better types of roof shingles to choose.

They are repurposed material composed of mainly wood chips, felt, and recycled cardboard. They are then coated with a thick layer of ceramic to make the shingles more resistant to water.

The final coat makes organic shingles heavier than fiberglass although not as long-lasting.

Organic roofing is best for homeowners looking for quick repairs or cheap options to a new house. However, you may find the need to replace your roofing style later on.

7. Slate

Slate shingles are slabs of natural rock pulled from the ground, commonly from the Northeast United States.

The rock is durable against strong weather conditions like high winds, heavy rain, hail, or snow. They are fireproof and waterproof, too.

This makes slate shingles one of the strongest types of shingles in the market, lasting up to 50 years. Plus, many make it this long with few repairs.

It is not uncommon to see old buildings with their original slate roofs still completely intact, or maybe with just a few leaks.

Due to their high quality, slate shingles come with a big price tag. Each shingle can be up to $650, with installation costs ranging in between $5,000 – $23,000.

For a similar option easier on your building budget, synthetic slate shingles are available. They are the closest thing in the market to the strength and durability of real slate, but will not be quite as durable.

8. Tile

If price is not a concern when choosing the ultimate style and strength of your shingles, look no further than tile.

Prices per shingle range from $300 – $700. Average installation fees are between $10,000 – $14,000, but they can reach up to $60,000.

This happens when homeowners choose to customize the colors and shapes.

The most popular among tile shingles are red ceramic. They resemble Spanish or Mediterranean styles of architecture and are common in the Southern States.

Tile shingles are also the longest-lasting, with some roofs reaching 80 years in great condition.

It is important to have a contractor assess the strength of your home before switching to tile. Different types of roof shingles have different levels of weight, and tile is among the heaviest, which can put a strain on the overall structure.

The Right Roofing for Your Home

Roofing options can vary based on the structure of your home, the area in which you live, and your budget.

However, there is a more important choice to make once you find the shingles you want. No matter the types of roof shingles being installed, you need to have the right contractor doing the job.

Choose a trusted service to get the job done.

Contact us for your free home inspection today.