When it comes to your home’s roof, selecting the right type of shingles is not only about maintaining its integrity but also enhancing its overall appeal and value. The shingles you choose can significantly impact your roof’s resilience against various weather conditions such as wind, rain, hail, and more. In this informative guide, Exterior Alliance delves into the various kinds and styles of roofing shingles, helping you make an informed decision.
Asphalt Roofing Shingles
Asphalt roofing shingles remain a top choice due to their reliability, affordability, and widespread usage. The 2018 Builder and Consumer Practices Report by Home Innovation Research Labs highlights that a considerable 70% of roofing materials used in residential construction are asphalt shingles.
There exists a diverse range of asphalt shingles designed to cater to different regional weather patterns and architectural preferences.
Please note that specific Owens Corning® roofing shingles mentioned in this article might only be accessible in select regions. Visit our Roofing Shingles page and confirm your zip code for available options.
3-Tab Roofing Shingles
3-tab shingles are a common sight on homes across the United States and Canada. With three tabs of equal size, these shingles offer a uniform appearance to your roof. Featuring repeating rectangular shapes separated by slots, they are cost-effective compared to other asphalt shingle alternatives. Installing them demands precision to ensure straight slots.
Architectural Roofing Shingles
Recognized as premium asphalt shingles, architectural roofing shingles possess a distinctive look. Also referred to as dimensional or laminated shingles, they consist of two layers for added dimension. These shingles contribute to a visually appealing roof due to the variation in sizes and shapes. Their increased thickness often results in longer manufacturer warranties, and some versions resist higher wind speeds.
Impact-Resistant Roofing Shingles
Designed to endure hail and debris impact, impact-resistant shingles undergo modification for enhanced sturdiness. Various techniques, like reinforcement with fabric or mixing asphalt with polymers, are employed. These adjustments bolster the shingles’ ability to absorb energy from impacts, reducing potential damage.
Shingles should receive a Class 4 rating through industry-standard impact testing (UL2218) to be labeled as impact-resistant. Insurance providers often offer discounts to homeowners with Class 4 impact-resistant shingles.
COOL Roofing Shingles
COOL roofing shingles are equipped with solar-reflecting granules to boost energy efficiency by minimizing heat absorption through your roof.
Specialty Asphalt Roofing Shingles
Specialty shingles bring bolder colors and styles resembling alternative roofing materials, like wood shake or tile. They retain the cost-efficiency and practicality of asphalt shingles but offer a unique aesthetic.
Explore Exterior Alliance’s variety, including:
- TruDefinition® Duration® architectural shingles in Terra Cotta, echoing tile’s clay color without added weight.
- Berkshire® specialty architectural shingles, simulating natural slate with distinctive shadow lines.
- Woodcrest® and Woodmoor® specialty architectural shingles, replicating wood shake’s appearance while adhering to fire-resistance standards.
Metal roofing presents another viable option. Both standing seam and stone-coated metal shingles have their advantages and challenges, requiring careful consideration.
Standing Seam Metal Roofs
Featuring vertical seams along the roof slope, standing seam metal roofing offers durability. Different materials, from galvanized steel to copper, contribute to these roofs’ unique appearance.
Stone-Coated Metal Roofing Shingles
Stone-coated metal shingles simulate concrete or clay tile roofing and wood shakes, providing an alternative aesthetic.
Selecting the right shingles involves evaluating local code requirements, manufacturer warranties, and roofing system compatibility. Certain materials necessitate specific underlayment due to fire and temperature concerns. Structural adjustments might also be required for specific roofing materials.
For those considering solar panels, it’s recommended to install them over full shingle coverage to provide additional protection against the elements. This is especially practical during a reroof or new construction.
In conclusion, understanding the various types of shingles is vital in making an informed roofing decision. Exterior Alliance is committed to guiding you through the selection process, ensuring your home’s roof stands strong and showcases your unique style.