Shingles are popular and mostly, economical roofing styles followed all over the world. Right across North America to Europe to the East, shingles are preferred choice for roofing by homes and businesses.
Shingles are overlapping elements of roofing materials and give a distant look to the roof. The elements are rectangular in shape and flat on the surface. The shingles are made of a variety of materials. Some of the popular materials used include asphalt, slate, metal, cement, wood, and ceramic. The ceramic shingle roofing is popular known as tile roofing.
Shingle roofing imparts an elegant and attractive look to the roofs. They are compact and ensure proper protection of the building. Most shingle roofing types are cost-effective and last for a long time. They require maintenance from time to time; however, the best materials stand the test of time and do not cost a fortune for their repair.
The 3 popular types of Shingles used in roofing are:
Asphalt is a composite material or organic material used for shingle. They last a maximum of 20 years or more and depend on the warranty offered by a specific manufacturer. The use of fiber sheet or ceramic granule coating is popular for this type of shingle roofing.
They are economical variety of shingle roofing. They are easy to install and easy on pocket for installation as well as maintenance. In addition, one spends less time, effort and money in putting up an asphalt shingle roofing in place.
Fiberglass shingles is another popular type of shingle roofing. They resemble asphalt shingles to a great extent. However, they are more durable and comparatively, costlier than their asphalt counterpart.
The use of fiberglass matt instead of paper for the foundation of these shingles makes them resistant to fire. Hence, fiberglass shingles are safer than asphalt shingles.
Fiberglass shingles are brittle and do not stand the test of time in extreme cold climates as well as high winds.
Architectural or Laminated Shingles
Architectural shingles, also known as the laminated shingles, are made up of two layers of shingles. The double layer makes them heavier and ideal for high wind regions. They withstand high winds and extreme climates better than their other counterparts.
Architectural shingles are more attractive and give a three-dimensional appearance to the roofs. They give it a wood roofing appearance and in some cases, the expensive varieties resemble slate or other architectural roofing styles.
All the shingles have their specific importance and use. Some property owners prefer to use one over the other. On the whole, shingle roofing is economical and offer easy, quick and affordable roof installation, re-roof and repair options to the owners.