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What Are the Different Types of Shingles to Choose From?

When looking at roofing for your home or business, many choices are available. Picking a roof that is best for you depends on your budget, the roof’s durability, appearance, and maintenance needs. Asphalt, tile, metal, slate, and wood are all common roofing shingles.


Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing choices for several reasons. Asphalt is one of the more affordable materials and can last for around 20 to 30 years. They are easy to install, and homes commonly have shingle roofs. Asphalt shingles are usually fiberglass with asphalt and ceramic granules added, but there are many options when it comes to asphalt shingles. Some options are more flexible and durable for fluctuations in temperature while others have special granules to deter mold and algae growth. Asphalt shingles comply with Energy Star standards, and they are recyclable. This is great for those who are looking for an eco-friendly option.

The only negatives about asphalt roofing shingles are that they are sensitive to high winds and thinner than other materials. Other types of shingles may last longer than asphalt shingles.

When you are choosing your roofing material pay attention to the lifespan and warranty. Ovoid three-tab shingles, these are the cheapest shingles you can buy and they are not very durable or reliable. If you are going through the effort of replacing your roof and paying for all that labor, do not choose bad shingles! Premium options might seem out of your budget at first glance, but in fact, last much longer with full warranties. Plan ahead and choose the very best option for your home.


Tile shingles grab people’s attention because of their particular look and long-lasting nature. They give a Spanish feel and homes in the Southwest commonly feature tile roofs. Tile shingles can last up to 80 years.

However, not everyone likes the look of tile roofs, and they are more expensive to install than other materials. However, if you have the budget and are willing to pay for durability and style, tile shingles may be your best choice.


Metal roofing is growing in popularity. It comes in different metals, including copper, steel, aluminum, and alloy strips. Metal roofs also come in a variety of shapes and textures. Their advantages include being lightweight, burn-resistant compared to other materials, and they are easy to install. The reflective surface helps these roofs keep homes cooler in warmer climates by reflecting the sun’s rays, and they last up to 50 years.

However, metal roofs are noisy in rainstorms, and some materials (such as copper) are more expensive to install. Metal roofs may also dent easily, but textured metal roofing material can solve that issue.


Slate is popular for its durability and look. It resists water absorption well and holds up in bad weather compared to other shingles. Some homes with slate roofs are leak-free even after decades. Slate also provides a unique look that many people find attractive. Slate shingles can last up to 80 years.

Slate roofs are, however, very heavy, and some structures cannot support them. Additionally, the fasteners they are put up with often fail before the shingles do. They are expensive compared to other options, and not a lot of companies know how to repair slate roofs. If you want a slate roof but don’t have the budget for it, you can choose a synthetic option that looks similar but is a little less durable.


Wood shingles are one of the more unique choices. They can last a long time under good weather conditions and are more organic than other materials, making them eco-friendly. Wood shingles can last between 30 and 50 years. Wood shingles are durable against hail and high winds compared to asphalt shingles.

However, wood comes with some definite drawbacks; it’s highly flammable, and installation is quite expensive because it isn’t easy to install. Wood also requires more maintenance than other shingles, because it is prone to rotting, mold, and insect issues.

The market offers many different shingles styles and materials today. You should be able to find a roofing material that suits you and your house, and the team at Able Roofing is waiting to help you make the best choice for your home today.