If you’re in the market for a new roof, or if you’re looking to replace your current one, you have an array of roofing materials to choose from. Asphalt shingle roofs are so common that they’re nearly ubiquitous. Metal roofs are also widely used, and they are prized for their strength and durability. Here’s a brief rundown of these two popular roof styles.
Asphalt Shingle Roofs
A design hit since the 1900s, asphalt shingle roofs are known for their affordability. This style of roof remains popular because asphalt shingles are:
- Offered in a large variety of colors
- Easy to install
Asphalt shingles are primarily comprised of fiberglass, before being bolstered with an asphalt coating and weather-resistant mineral granules. Consider the three main types of asphalt shingles:
- Strip or 3-tab shingles: This is the lightest and most basic option. Their flat appearance is due to the shingles being manufactured in a single layer. This type is the most affordable shingle, but it also has the shortest lifespan.
- Dimensional shingles: A step up from strip shingles, dimensional shingles are made with two or more layers of asphalt. This style is often textured to resemble wood shakes and natural slate.
- Luxury shingles: As the name implies, this shingle is the heavy hitter of the group both in terms of weight and visual appeal.
If you live in an area where storms rage, metal roofing might just be for you. Many homeowners cherish their metal roofs because they provide:
- Ultimate wind resistance
- Fire resistance
- Energy efficiency
- Less maintenance
Metal roofs have a heftier price tag, but they last significantly longer. Consider the three most popular metal roof types:
- Corrugated metal roofing: Comparable to the cost of asphalt shingles, this type of metal roofing is typically used for large builds without heat or cooling. This roof isn’t recommended for home use.
- Standing seam: The most common type of metal roofing, standing seam roofs can include varied color choices and endless curb appeal.
- Stamped roofing: Metal sheets are shaped to resemble tile, wood shakes, and other premium roofing materials.
This is only a quick walkthrough. If you’d like to know more about asphalt or metal roofs, please reach out to us today about roof repair and replacement.