Though most homeowners only know about one type of roofing shingle, the reality is that there are many types of shingles that run the gamut of materials; some more long-lasting than others.
The basics of selecting roofing shingles include choosing a color. While this is viable for aesthetics, the type of shingle that you choose based on material and lifespan is of far greater concern.
Here is a quick and simple guide to selecting roofing shingles.
Asphalt Shingles: Most common of all shingles, and the least expensive as well. Even though they last 25-30 years, this is the least amount of time versus all other types of shingles.
Wood Shingles: Slightly more expensive than asphalt shingles, wood shingles bring with them the natural beauty wood. Wood shingles last a minimum of 30 years.
Slate Shingles: Originating from quarries, slate shingles are incredibly popular in the Northeastern part of the US (though available anywhere). They are nominally more expensive than other types of shingles but last 50+ years.
Synthetic Slate: For homeowners who want slate, but don’t necessarily want the cost, synthetic slate fits the bill. Though still more expensive than other types of shingles, they can still last 40+ years.
Tile Shingles: Incredibly popular in the Southwest, tile shingles are mostly exclusive to domiciles in that area. Coming in at the top of the price range in terms of material cost and installation, tiles shingles outlast all other types of shingles, enduring a phenomenal 80+ years.
Remember, when it comes time to replace your roofing shingles, you have options. Considerations like materials, cost, and longevity should factor into your choice.