What Are The Most Common Shingle Types Available?

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They are the shingles that you see on all the houses in your neighborhood, and everywhere you visit, and those overlapping tiles look extremely aesthetic. Now you want to get your own roof installed with shingle roofing as well, and you want to know what are those shingles that everyone seems to be using. What are these common shingle types that everyone is going for, and that looks so darned good? You might just find it in this list we’ve compiled!

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are also described as 3-tab shingles. They are one of the most commonly used types of shingles in North America. Asphalt shingles are rectangular and give a very neat look, like bricks, on your roof. As such, they complement brick walls very well. They are also among the cheapest roofing options and the easiest to install.

Architectural Shingles

These are actually a more expensive cousin of asphalt shingles, but also better quality. They are also known as dimensional shingles. Instead of the flat look of normal asphalt shingles, they give a more ‘dimensional’ or textured look to your roof. Architectural shingles can also be designed in a variety of styles to mimic old-world European roofing styles.

Clay Tile Shingles

These clay roofs used to be popular and can still be found in historical homes. The most distinctive variety are the ones with a wave-like shape and bright orange color, though they also come in other designs and colors. They are widely used in the Southwest, as they are a more energy efficient roofing option compared to asphalt and other materials.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles are actually very popular because they offer great insulation, and are also very aesthetic. A sustainable roofing option, they have been used for centuries. Wood shingles are typically sawed into a smooth, tapered shape. They can also give the appearance of a laid-back place, and are particularly suitable for holiday homes.

Shake Shingles

Although also made of wood, shake shingles or “shakes” are not smoothly sawed down. Traditionally, they were made by splitting logs of wood against the grain, creating a jagged texture. Shakes are usually thicker than normal wood shingles. Cedarwood shakes have been around for hundreds of years, dating back to colonial times.

Metal Shingles

Though metal roofs are sometimes corrugated or come in sheets, there are also metal shingles. This is a more modern invention that allows a homeowner to pay less than they would have for clay tiles while achieving a similar look.

Slate Shingles

Often reserved for extremely sturdy houses because of the weight of the material, slate shingles were nevertheless very popular in the mid-1800s. Slate shingles are fireproof, eco-friendly, and very long lasting, easily able to outlast any of the other roofing options. Not only are they durable, the stone surfaces also create a beautiful, classy texture for your roof. Synthetic slate roof options are also now available.