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5 Different Shingle Types: Know Their Pros and Cons

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Numerous roofing materials exist, including metal and tiles. However, most homeowners choose shingles for their roof replacements due to their cost-effectiveness paired with overall durability. Since you have several different shingle types available, finding the right one for your shingled roof can be challenging.

If you struggle to decide, consider shingle roofing by Terminus Construction Group. Our experts can help you find the perfect roofing system for your home.

1. Architectural Shingles

Architectural shingles go by many names, including dimensional shingles and laminated shingles. These shingles feature excellent aesthetics and durability with a two-layered appearance. 

The Pros

  • You can use these different types of shingles to resemble natural slate. 
  • They feature longer durability than other shingle types. 
  • Their appearance will boost your home's curb appeal, and the type of roofing material plays a role in increasing your home's value

The Cons 

  • They are more expensive than other shingle types, including 3-tab shingles. 
  • They are heavier than other shingle types. 

2. Asphalt Shingles 

When it comes to different shingle types, asphalt shingles are the most popular. Manufacturers make them using asphalt reinforced by organic materials like wood or by using fiberglass. 

The Pros

  • Asphalt shingles are the least expensive shingles you can buy and the most available. 
  • They feature great water and fire resistance. 
  • You can buy asphalt shingles in various colors, and some even mimic materials like wood or marble. 

The Cons 

  • They can come loose or buckle during extreme weather events. 
  • They don't last as long as other shingle materials.

3. Wooden Shingles 

Wooden shakes and cedar shakes are essentially the same thing, but wooden shingles feature uniform shapes, while professionals split cedar shakes. This difference in style allows a cedar shake roof system to have a more rustic appearance, which may appeal more to some homeowners. 

The Pros

  • They're more aesthetically pleasing for many homeowners. 
  • They have a longevity of around 30 years or more. 

The Cons 

  • They cost more than other shingle materials. 
  • They're susceptible to problems like mold and rot. 
  • They don't feature much fire protection. 
  • They require more maintenance than other shingles. 

4. Slate

Slate shingles feature a rustic but sleek design that can instantly boost your roof's visual appeal. 

The Pros

  • Leak risks are minimal.
  • Slate shingles have a long lifespan when compared to different types of shingles. 
  • They feature impressive heat, moisture, and hail resistance. 

The Cons

  • Slate shingles have a high cost. 
  • They are heavy and hard to install.

5. Metal 

Metal shingles come in copper or aluminum, both featuring great impact resistance. 

The Pros

  • They can last 40 years or longer. 
  • They're lightweight and easy to install.
  • They feature resistance against fire, mold, and moisture. 

The Cons

  • Metal is more expensive than other shingle types on this list. 
  • Metal can be very noisy, especially during a rainstorm. 

Get Your Woodstock, GA, Roof Replacement Today

Many different shingle types exist and finding the best option for your Woodstock, GA, home can be complicated. Fortunately, our experts at Terminus Construction Group can help you explore your options for different types of roofing. Call us today to get started!

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