There’s a reason that asphalt shingles make up more than 70 percent of the residential roofing market: They’re affordable, reliable and familiar. Installing a new roof or repairing an existing one will boost the resale value of your home. It will also make your home less prone to leaks and provide energy-efficiency benefits.
That said, you may be wondering which type of roof shingles is best for your home. Let’s look at the main types and evaluate the pros and cons of each.
Three-tab roof shingles
For homes across North America, three-tab roof shingles are very common. They provide a uniform look across the roof. These are traditional asphalt shingles that repeat a rectangular shape and are separated by slots. Three-tab shingles are less expensive than many other options. Installers do need to be careful to make sure that each slot the shingles create is straight.
Impact-resistant roof shingles
These shingles are modified to endure impact from debris, hail or anything else that might fall on the roof. One way impact resistance is enhanced is via reinforcing fabric attached to the back of the shingles. Another option is to use a polymer in the production of the asphalt, creating a rubber-like effect on the shingles. Either way, the goal is to enhance the ability of the roof to withstand damage and reduce cracking, denting and other damage.
Cool roof shingles
This type of shingle is covered in solar-reflecting granules. This ensures that the sun’s rays are reflected away from the home. That means you increase energy efficiency, a benefit you can reap for years to come. For those in warmer climates, these shingles are a great choice.
Architectural roof shingles
If you’re looking for a more premium option, then architectural roofing shingles fit the bill. Sometimes referred to as laminated shingles or dimensional shingles, these include two pieces that are laminated together, thereby creating a dimensional appearance. This is an aesthetic change that many homeowners prefer. Architectural shingles are also thicker, meaning they’re somewhat less prone to damage due to wind.
Tile roof shingles
Often made of concrete, this type of shingle is popular in the Southwest. This is a heavier roofing system that will need reinforcement on the interior structure to withstand the weight. Some historic homes also have tile roof shingles.
Specialty roof shingles
You may like asphalt shingles in general but would prefer them to fit with your home’s style or color palette. Some specialty shingles have a terra cotta appearance, whereas others create the look of slate. You can even mimic a rustic, textured look like wood shake or wood shingles.
When you need the services of expert residential and commercial roofing contractors, choose the pros at Dallas Cherry Roofing. We’ve been providing leading services in roof repair, installation and replacement since 1997. Our team of dedicated professionals only use best-in-class materials to ensure that you have a fantastic new roof that will last for years to come. Contact us today to learn more and request a free quote.
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