Not all asphalt shingles are created equal. There are three main types of shingles, with different options under each type. Before committing to a new roof, understand the differences between the different types of shingles so you can make the right choice for your home.
1. Tab Shingles
Most of the asphalt roofs you see likely consist of three-tab asphalt shingles. Tab shingles are cost-effective, readily available, and durable, so they make a good choice for homeowners that need good value for the investment. Since tab shingles are so common, there is usually a large range of colors to choose from, as well. The main drawback when it comes to tab shingles is that they are thinner than other asphalt shingle options, which can shorten their lifespan slightly under high weathering conditions. Research manufacturers and make sure that you choose shingles from a company with a high rating and a good warranty to help offset this concern.
2. Architectural Shingles
Architectural shingles are slightly more expensive than standard tab shingles, but they are also more durable due to a laminate layer on top of the shingle. This durability can lead to a longer roof life. Further, architectural shingles can be more attractive due to their design. Unlike tab shingles, which are all the same solid color, architectural shingles feature slight color variations on each shingle. These variations, along with a laminate layer, catch the light and give the roof the appearance of more depth. Architectural shingles are an attractive option for nearly any home, but they are especially nice looking on brick homes because the variations complement the variations in the brick. Much like tab shingles, architectural shingles come in a variety of colors so you can find an option to complement your home.
3. Fiberglass Shingles
Fiberglass shingles have a fiberglass base that is then coated with asphalt in a similar fashion to standard tab shingles. Most fiberglass shingles also have an additional layer of ceramic granules that help prevent UV sun damage to the roof. Fiberglass can be more expensive than other asphalt options, but the extended service life can make them a good investment. These shingles are especially well suited to hot, sunny climates where sun damage is a concern. Further, fiberglass shingles are also resistant to dry rot, a common issue in hot, dry climates.
Contact a local roofing company for more information on your new roof installation.