An Overview of The Types of Roofing Shingles

If you're planning on redoing your house's exterior, you may be looking into the available types of roofing shingles in Stockbridge and Marietta. Your roof is the most important part of your home. It takes the full heat of the summer and the additional cold of the winter, and it must continue to function even when other materials may become brittle and break because of wild temperature fluctuation. Reroofing your home is no small matter. Here are some different types of shingles and their qualities.


Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles as a category is kind of a misnomer. There are different kinds of asphalt shingles made from different materials. These shingles are the most affordable roofing materials, but they're also the weakest. A roof built with asphalt shingles will last between 20 and 30 years if the materials are asphalt or fiberglass. Organic versions of asphalt shingles tend to breakdown faster, especially in wet areas.


Wood Shingles

Wood shingles are in the mid-range of cost for reroofing. They're among the most environmentally sound shingle, and they last between 30 and 50 years. Wood shingles are flammable and need to have preventative maintenance to protect against bugs and mold. They should be installed only be those with experience.


Metal Shingles

The affordability factor of a metal roof depends on the type of metal used and its galvanization. Rain or hail can be a nuisance because of the noise, but metal roofs will last up to 50 years. Metal roofs are great for very steep roofs or roofs that are very flat.


Tile Shingles

Tile shingles are expensive, but they can be made in different colors and different patterns. Lighter colored tiles will help keep the house cooler, saving money in areas where it's hot. Tile roofs can last up to 80 years, but cracked tiles will need to be replaced. Tiles are heavy, so if your home had asphalt shingles before, it may not be able to withstand the weight of tile.


Slate Shingles

Slate roofing shingles in Stockbridge last from 80 to 100 years, which makes them among the most durable materials available. They are expensive and may be difficult to repair as few companies work with slate. They're also heavy and may pose a problem for the home's structure of the house wasn't built to handle them. They're good against water and freezing temperatures, but you'll want to hire a professional to fix any issues because of the risk of personal harm when dealing with the heavy materials. There are several colors available, so get in touch with Preferred Roofing to learn more.