23 Different Types of Roofing Shingles (2022): Pros, Cons and Costs of Each Type (2023)

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Quicklist: Roofing Shingles Roof Shingle Lifespan Chart Different Types of Shingles for Residential Roofing 1. Asphalt Shingle 2. Metal Roofing Shingles 3. Wood Shingles 4. Tile Shingles 5. Slate Shingles 6. Rubber Roofing Shingles 7. Laminate Shingles 8. Copper Shingles 9. Green Roof Shingles 10. Solar Shingles 11. Impact-Resistant Shingles 12. Cool Roofing Shingles 13. PVC Shingles Roofing Shingles Top Brands 1. Atlas – Asphalt Shingles 2. CertainTeed – Fiberglass & More 3. Tamko – Asphalt 4. Owens Corning – Asphalt 5. IKO – Asphalt 6. Tesla – Solar & Steel Roofing Frequently Asked Questions What is the best type of roof for a house? Who invented modern-day roof shingles? When? What materials are used to make different types of roof shingles? Can roof shingles be recycled? How long do roof shingles last? Are roof shingles waterproof? Can you paint roof shingles? Are roof shingles slippery when wet? Are roof shingles nailed down? Can roof shingles be reused? Can roof shingles be cleaned? Can roof shingles be stained? Can roof shingles be pressure washed? How are roof shingles made? What size nails for roof shingles? How many roof shingles are in a bundle? How much does a bundle of roof shingles weigh? How many roof shingles do I need? Do I need a permit to replace roof shingles? Can you put salt on roof shingles? Will vinegar hurt roof shingles? Is calcium chloride safe for roof shingles? How long does it take for roof shingles to settle? Why do roof shingles get blown off, buckle, curl up, and get black streaks? Why does moss grow on roof shingles? Are roof shingles flammable? How hot do roof shingles get? Shingles vs. Metal Roof — what’s better? Wrapping it up FAQs Videos

Whoa, I bet you didn't think there were so types of shingles for roofing. Well there are and we set them all out here and explain the benefits, pros, cons and cost.

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Quicklist: Roofing Shingles

  1. Three-Tab Asphalt
  2. Arhcitectural
  3. Hip and Ridge
  4. Metal Standing Seam
  5. Metal Shake
  6. Sheet Metal
  7. Wood
  8. Ceramic Tile
  9. Metal Tile
  10. Concrete Tile
  11. Bituminous Tile
  12. Polymer-Sand Tile
  13. Copper Tile
  14. Composite Tile
  15. Slate
  16. Rubber
  17. Laminate
  18. Copper Sheet
  19. Living (Green Roof)
  20. Solar Shingles
  21. Impact-Resistant Shingles
  22. Cool Roofing Shingles
  23. PVC Shingles

This might boggle your mind. 30 years ago you chose between asphalt, wood or clay (ceramic) tile roofing shingles. Most people opted for asphalt. From there it was choose a color scheme.

These days, it isn’t so easy. There are many different types of roofing shingles.

With this article, we set out what’s available and in most cases include a photo or two so you can get an idea of what each option looks like.

There are many types of roof styles, and there are just as many, if not more, types of roof shingles, which are made up of a material consisting of individual overlapping components, typically flat or wavy and rectangular in shape. The individual components are laid in sequences often from the lower end of the roof up. Each continuous sequence generally overlaps the joints below them.

This article discusses the different types of shingles, as well as metal roofing and how it compares to shingles. We also provide plenty of photographs from our research to give you an idea as to how the different roofing options look.

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Roof Shingle Lifespan Chart

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Different Types of Shingles for Residential Roofing

There are different types of roof shingles available for use in roofing and it’s important to consider the pros and cons of each type to guide your selection.

1. Asphalt Shingle

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Three asphalt shingle styles:

a. 3-Tab

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Source: Home Depot

b. Architectural Shingle

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Source: Home Depot

c. Hip and Ridge

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Source: Home Depot

Asphalt shingles are the most popular choice for residential roofing material. They combine versatility in design, low-cost pricing and ease of installation making them a go-to roofing option for many.

Pros and cons of asphalt shingles


  • As the most common and popular roofing option, it is fairly easy to find a roofer who can make repairs.
  • They are very easy to install and remove, decreasing the amount of time that you will have people working on your roof.
  • They can be installed on top of themselves in some circumstances, further speeding up the process of roof installation.
  • Will help to deflect UV rays, cooling your home and protecting the roof from damage.


  • Only last for about 20 years, depending on weather, before they will need to be replaced.
  • Bad hail or high winds can easily damage the granules and shingles, resulting in the need for repair.
  • Any impact from trees, heavy limbs or large hail can break the shingles and this can easily cause a leak.

Asphalt shingles are fairly inexpensive. They cost between $80 and $100 per square foot, and a professional installation fee of $1,700 – $8,400. When coated, these architectural roofing shingles meet the standards for a cool roof as set out by the Energy Star, and this can earn you a rebate. They however need to be used in fairly temperate climates that do not experience very extreme weather changes. Compared to the more premium roofing materials like cedar shakes, metal, slate and clay tiles, asphalt shingles tend to be less durable with a relatively short life span of 20 to 30 years.

There are different types of asphalt roof shingles: three-tab shingles, fiberglass and organic shingles. On average, three-tab asphalt shingles cost between $2,300 – $5,300 to install, which is fairly inexpensive. They have cutouts that run along their bottom edge and gives one shingle the look of three different shingles when they are installed.

Fiberglass asphalt shingles cost slightly more than three-tab asphalt shingles to install, at $3,800 – $8,000. They are made from a base mat of fiberglass and are layered with some waterproof coating. Fiberglass shingles are fire-resistant, resistant to UV rays, lightweight and durable, with a longer warranty compared to other forms of asphalt shingles.

Organic asphalt shingles on the other hand are made from wood chips, felt, recycled cardboard or paper soaked in asphalt. The asphalt-soaked organic material is coated with an additional thick layer of asphalt, followed by another layer of ceramic granules, making them waterproof.

Though they are not as long lasting as fiberglass, organic asphalt shingles are inexpensive and preferred by many builders for their aesthetic features.

2. Metal Roofing Shingles

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Because metal roofs actually come in shingles now, we include the three main types of metal roofs in our grand total of 15 types of roofing shingles.

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Metals are quite a strong and enduring roofing option. They are often the better option for rooflines that are flat or steep. They can also be quite affordable depending on the type of metal used. Average costs of roofing metals range from $100 to $1,000 depending on the metal type. Installation fees will equally depend on the roofing design and cost anywhere between $2,000 and $15,000.

Pros and cons of metal roofing


  • The roofs are very durable and are built to withstand the hot sun, damaging winds and even hail storms. Unless a large branch or tree is able to stab into the roof, they are almost impossible to damage.
  • The roofs will last for about 50 years before they need to be replaced.
  • The seams are all raised above the roof, making this a strong option that is not prone to leaking.


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  • It can be difficult to find a roofer that is able to install a metal roof as many aren’t comfortable with the work.
  • They cost more than asphalt roofs, making them difficult for some homeowners to afford.
  • It’s impossible to layer a metal roof on top of any other roof style so all previous materials will need to be completely removed. This increases the cost of installation.
  • Your roof has to have a certain rise to be able to support a metal roof.

Metal roofing can last up to 50 or more years if well taken care of. Though infrequent, metal roofs will also require repairs in case of loose nails, rust patches, leaks or holes, and curled-up seams and/or edges.

Different types of roof shingles may offer different value for your home. However, depending on your location, some shingles types may be more suitable than others. Be sure to consultwith your roofing contractor to determine which type will work best for your roofing design and home in general.

3 Main Types of Metal Roofs

The big decision you must make when installing a metal roof is what type of metal roof you will get. There are three main types:

  1. Standing Seam Panels: This is the best type, but also most expensive. The reason this is best is because there are no exposed fasteners on the roof. Fasteners are the weak spots and when a metal roof goes, it’s because of rusting or weakness in and around the fasteners. Here’s a diagram illustrating several types of standing seam roofs:23 Different Types of Roofing Shingles (2022): Pros, Cons and Costs of Each Type (10)
    Source: Everybodyneedsaroof.com
  2. Metal roofs in traditional shake, shingle, tile and slate design: These days, you can get metal roofs to mimic the look of shakes, shingles, tile and slate shingles (called metal shake systems). While that’s pretty cool, the standing seam is still the best option.
  3. Sheet roofing: Less expensive option that can come painted or not painted. The various panel types of sheet roofing include:
    1. CF Panel
    2. AP Panel
    3. U-Panel
    4. R-Panel
    5. Corrugated (less expensive variety used on barns and sheds, not the type you’d get for your home)

Read this excellent article that explains the differences of these types of metal roofs with diagrams.

Metal Roof Materials

Since metal roofs are growing in popularity, there are several types of materials used for metal roofs. They include:

  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Zinc Alloys

Metal Roof Styles

These days, you can order a metal roof style to match any architectural style of home.

See the pros and cons below under “what is the best type of roof for a house?”

3. Wood Shingles

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Most homeowners find wood shingles more appealing than the other types of shingles because they tend to look and feel natural. They are made from suitable hardwoods and cost more than asphalt. Their prices range between $400 and $700 per square foot installed.

Pros and cons of wood shingles


  • Wood shingles are very easy to install and to repair, making it so any work that you have to have done on your roof won’t be terribly expensive.
  • These roofs tend to last for a very long time with the right maintenance. It’s not unheard of for them to last up to 60 years before homeowners have to have them replaced.
  • Once your roof needs to be replaced, the old shingles or shakes can be recycled into mulch or will simply rot down.


  • To ensure thatyour roof lastsfor as long as possible, you will have to spend a fair amount of time and money maintaining it.
  • Part of maintaining your roof involves regular moss removal to keep the growth from damaging the wood and having your roof resealed every decade.
  • If you need to have new shingles installed to repair an area of your roof, they will probably not match the rest of the shingles or shakes.
  • Unfortunately, wood roofs are flammable even if they have been treated with chemicals to make them fire-resistant.

A natural wood shingle roof can cost anywhere from $6,800 to $20,000. This roofing option is however prone to fire. But you can get better fire protection by going instead for simulated wood shingles. These are made of recycled plastic or rubber and will cost you slightly higher at $12,600 – $18,900.

In exchange for the additional charge, you can enjoy better value with these shingles lasting a minimum of 30 years and can hit 50 years if well installed.

FYI, one roof style I like that looks great with wood shingles is the classic gambrel roof. However, if getting a new home and you don’t mind not being so authentic, you can incorporate metal tiles to mimic the classic wood look… it won’t be perfect, but you do gain the benefits of a metal roof.

Types of wood used for wood shingles

There are four main types of wood used:

  • California Redwood
  • Western Red Cedar
  • Atlantic White Cedar
  • Pine (mostly in Europe)

However, as you’ll note above in the tile section and below in the metal roof section, you can get wood tile roofs that really look similar to wood shingles. Seriously, watch the composite tile video above; you’ll be amazed how much they can look like real wood shingles.

4. Tile Shingles

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These are some of the most expensive shingles with prices ranging from $300 to $700 per suqare foot on average. They are not only costly to buy but to install as well. Tile installation fees fall between $10,000 and $14,000. This price may significantly rise and cost anywhere from $17,000 to $60,000 in case of customization.

Tile shingles are however worth the cost as they are some of the most durable of all shingles and will typically last for up to 80 years or more. They are also fairly easy to replace in case of damage.

So while you’ll feel the burden of installing a tiled roof at the beginning, this roofing material becomes a worthy lifelong investment. You can incur less recurrent costs as there will likely be few repairs needed so you save more in the long run.

While the red ceramic tiles are well known, there are actually seven different types of tile shingles:

a. Ceramic tile

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b. Metal Tile

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c. Concrete Tile

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d. Bituminous Tile

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e. Polymer-Sand Tile

This type of roof is sand bound with a polymer.

f. Copper Tile

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g. Composite Tile

5. Slate Shingles

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These are shingles made from a certain type of stone naturally pulled from the earth and worked into shingles. Slate shingles are waterproof, fireproof and incredibly durable. They can last for up to 50 years.

Pros and cons of slate shingles


  • When cared for properly, slate roofs will last for a long time. They are so durable that it is not unheard of for them to last up to 150 years.
  • Because they are made of natural stone, the roofs are very attractive. Homeowners love the natural color variations.
  • This is a very environmentally friendly roof. There is no pollution during the manufacturing and they can even be recycled if the homeowner decides they want a different style roof.
  • Slate does a great job at keeping the home a consistent temperature, which will lower monthly heating and cooling bills.


  • Unfortunately, this roof is very expensive to have installed, making it out of reach and budget for some homeowners.
  • Slate roofs are very heavy and most homes are not strong enough to support this weight. Many homes have to be reinforced with a stronger roof deck to be able to have a slate roof installed.
  • While these roofs will usually last for a long time, if a part does break, it can be very hard to find a tile that will fit because the natural stone can vary so much.
  • Not all roofers have experience installing or working on slate tiles, which involves understanding their thickness and how to correctly install them.

These architectural shingles are a popular roofing material in the Northeastern part of the U.S. since the material is quarried there. With their strength, slate shingles experience few leaks even at old age. Roofs covered in slate shingles tend to retain the original shingles throughout their lifetime.

They, however, tend to be costly and less affordable for builders on a budget, with average costs ranging from $200 to $650. A slate shingle roof will cost between $5,000 and $23,000 to install. You can still get the same appearance more affordably by going for synthetic slate shingles.

6. Rubber Roofing Shingles

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7. Laminate Shingles

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Also known as laminate shingles or dimensional shingles, this option is often designed to resemble cedar or slate. This means that you can enjoy a different appearance on your roof while still appreciating the durability and reliability of asphalt shingles.

Pros and cons of laminate shingles


  • They bring more interest and texture to a roof, which will increase curb appeal.
  • Due to the layers of shingles, the roof will appear more substantial than one made with a single layer of shingles and these roofs are a great way to hide any imperfections in the boards of the roof.
  • They are less likely to crack and curl due to the heat and time.
  • These shingles will generally last a lot longer than asphalt shingles do and it’s not unheard of for roofs to last up to 30 years.


  • They cost substantially more than asphalt shingles do, and weigh more, so homeowners have to make sure that their houses can support the extra weight.
  • While they can stand up to the sun better than asphalt shingles, they are still impacted by hail and other weather elements in the same way.

8. Copper Shingles

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This type of roof is often found on historic buildings or on homes that homeowners want to make to look older than they actually are. Because copper can last for hundreds of years, it can be a great option.

Pros and cons of a copper roof


  • This is the longest-lasting roof available on the market. It’s not unheard of for them to last hundreds of years.
  • Copper roofs are extremely light and available in a number of styles, allowing homeowners to customize the look of their homes.
  • This type of roof requires hardly any maintenance and will continue to look amazing.
  • They will patina over time, creating a beautiful finish on your roof, depending on where you live.


  • Unfortunately, copper roofs are very expensive and are often outside of the budget for the average homeowner.
  • It can be difficult to find large enough quantities of copper to cover extremely large roofs and getting the right roofer that feels comfortable with this material is often just as difficult.
  • Copper roofs do not patina evenly or quickly and can appear streaky and uneven for the first few years that you have it installed on your home, which can actually lower curb appeal in the short term.
  • Because the roofer you hire will likely be a specialist and one of the few in your area that will work with copper, you will probably have to pay a large fee for them to install your new roof.

9. Green Roof Shingles

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I think a green roof is a great idea especially if you live in a place where the climate fosters such a roof (i.e. gets sufficient rain). Here are the pros and cons of a grass roof.

Pros and cons of a grass roof


  • These often include other plants, such as flowers, herbs, and bushes, creating a unique and beautiful roof that will improve the appearance of your property.
  • Grass – or green – roofs help keep the home very comfortable during extreme shifts in the weather. Instead of worrying about your home being cold during the winter and hot during the summer, the roof acts as a natural insulator.
  • Because they offer natural insulation, you will spend less to heat and cool your home during the year.
  • While there is no roof that can completely soundproof your home, grass roofs do the best job at keeping out noise from the environment.
  • This is a great way to have a garden even if you do not have a very large piece of property.
  • Having so many plants right at your home will improve the air quality.


  • Grass roofs take a lot of time and effort to ensure that they continue to look their best. Just as with a regular garden, you have to make sure that you are constantly watering your roof.
  • There’s a fine line between not enough water and too much and you don’t want to cause water damage to your roof by accident.
  • These roofs can be very expensive to install as they need a special foundation, the right soil, and then the plants themselves.

10. Solar Shingles

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Solar shingles are a relatively new invention, but they have the potential to save you a lot of money. These shingles are actually small solar panels made to look like shingles that attach to the roof.

The shingles act like regular solar panels, absorbing the sun’s rays and converting them into electricity for the house. The power can be used directly or stored in a battery. The shingles themselves are typically at least as durable as asphalt shingles.

Odds are you heard about them when the company Tesla first introduced them to the market several years ago. Since then, there are a number of competing brands that have sprung up, including CertainTeed, Suntegra, Forward, and Luma. A typical solar shingle roof will run between $20,000 and $70,000.

Keep in mind that the high cost of these roofs is directly tied to the quality of the solar power system. Tesla systems tend to be the most expensive, largely due to the Tesla wall batteries that are installed.

Other companies offer solar shingles in a wide variety of colors and styles for much cheaper prices. For now, solar shingles are generally only available in large cities.

11. Impact-Resistant Shingles

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Impact resistant shingles can be an ideal choice for homeowners who are living in an area prone to severe storms. The most popular brands offering these shingles are Certainteed and Owens-Corning.

Impact-resistant shingles are designed to be more durable and resistant to impacts from flying debris. This does not mean that the roof is infallable, but it does mean that it is much less likely to be damaged during a storm event.

Impact-resistant shingles are priced according to their durability. Essentially, more durable shingles will cost more. Most impact-resistant tiles are rated by the wind shear or wind speed that they can withstand.

While these ratings can give you a good idea of what type of storm they can withstand, it’s important to realize that these ratings do not mean that the shingles are guaranteed to withstand storms of this strength.

If you’re considering these shingles, be sure to contact your home owners insurance company. There are often significant discounts offered for houses and businesses that have impact resistant shingles.

This discount can help to offset the cost of these shingles; prices tend to run around twice to three times the cost of a “standard” asphalt shingle roof.

12. Cool Roofing Shingles

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COOL Roofing, or solar-reflective shingles, are shingles that are typically a very light color that are designed to reflect sunlight away from a home or business. Depending on the area where they are installed, they can reduce cooling sets by up to 30%.

The best brands of these shingles are usually made with special granules that are designed to reflect light rather than absorb it. Nearly every company that manufacturers asphalt shingles will claim that they make a line of “COOL” products (the acronym refers to a California program that encourages the use of these products).

Be aware, however, that some COOL shingles are simply shingles that are a very light color. Without the granules, these light shingles will only reduce cooling costs by about 15% or less.

Fortunately, these shingles don’t cost much more than regular asphalt shingles, and many of the brands that do not have reflective granules cost the same amount as other asphalt shingles. Because there is no difference in these shingles versus “regular” asphalt shingles, they can be installed by just about any roofing company.

13. PVC Shingles

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PVC shingles or roofing systems are usually made from recycled plastic. While that is good for the environment, these roofs tend to be a little pricier than asphalt roofs, with costs running around $25,000 to $45,000.

These roofs are very easy to install, making them good choices for big projects. The PVC can come in just about any color, and many people choose lighter colored roofs because it can help to defray cooling costs.

The roofs are durable (many last 30 years or more), but be aware that if the PVC panels crack, the entire panel of shingles has to be replaced.

Roofing Shingles Top Brands

Here are the biggest brands that are consistently ranked by inspectors, homeowners, and contractors as being among the best roofing product brands available.

1. Atlas – Asphalt Shingles

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Atlas has wares that are both high-quality and affordable. In addition to being an industry leader in asphalt shingles, the company also offers excellent warranties.

Atlas is a leading manufacturer of premium roofing and building products. Asphalt shingles come in several styles, including 3-tab, architectural, and luxury options. You can customize the look of your roof by choosing from among five distinct categories of architectural shingles ready in many patterns and colors.

Atlas’s scotch guard treatment, a trademarked procedure, is what sets apart a few of their shingles from the competition.

Atlas has been dedicated to the roofing industry for over 30 years, providing homeowners, contractors, builders, and distributors with superior roofing products, unparalleled assistance, and unwavering dedication.

2. CertainTeed – Fiberglass & More

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Ceilings, gypsum, inspiration, trim, railing, decking, fence, siding, and roofing are just a few of CertainTeed’s many specialties, but the company also offers a wide variety of other external and interior building goods.

In addition to the three basic varieties of asphalt shingles, they also provide a large selection of both color and style for roofing systems.

CertainTeed has got you covered no matter what style or color you’re going for. You may get the trendy slate effect with the Grand Manor luxury shingle, which comes in eight different hues.

When getting an entire roof system installed with luxury or architectural shingles, you can get CertainTeed’s non-prorated enhanced lifetime guarantee if you select a CertainTeed-certified roofing contractor.

A new era of asphalt shingle production began at General Roofing. The firm reorganized, went public, and became known as Certain-teed Products Corporation in 1917. In 1923, CertainTeed started making gypsum wallboards and entered the gypsum plaster business.

3. Tamko – Asphalt

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TAMKO provides 3-tab shingles, architectural shingles, and premium asphalt shingles for residential roofs.
MetalWorks is a series of steel shingles that give a distinct alternative to the standard asphalt shingle options available from the other brands mentioned below.

Slate, tile, and AstonWood Cedar Shake are all part of the StoneCrest brand. The line of StoneCrest steel shingles has the same high-end looks as competing companies, but they’re made of metal rather than asphalt.

When purchasing a complete roof system, you can upgrade the guarantee on the Heritage Vintage, Heritage Premium, and Heritage Woodgate lines of shingles just like you do with the other major shingle manufacturers.

Since its founding in 1944, T.A.M.K.O. has become an instantly recognizable brand name in the construction business.

4. Owens Corning – Asphalt

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Owens Corning is a leading producer of fiberglass composite products, insulation for buildings of all types, and roofing materials. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of luxury, architectural, and 3-tab style options.

Owens Corning offers luxury shingles that look like slate, but their selection is more limited than CertainTeed’s. Their dimensional shingle lines make up for the fact that they don’t provide luxury shingles.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional or contemporary style, Owen Corning has you covered with its five distinct lines of architectural asphalt shingles. In 1935, Corning Glass Works and Owens-Illinois joined forces to form this company.

5. IKO – Asphalt

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The asphalt roofing shingles made by IKO are of the highest quality and feature substantial dimensional profiles. They use heavy-duty roofing materials to create these replicas of classic slate tiles and wood shakes.

At a low cost, they offer a fashionable look. IKO asphalt shingles feature inbuilt resilience to algae and UV rays and are available with a limited SuperWind Resistance warranty that covers winds of up to 130 miles per hour.

Homeowners can get a break on their insurance costs thanks to this asphalt shingle’s Class A fire classification and Class 4 impact rating.

IKO started in 1951 with the inception of this company. It started out making construction paper and later branched out into coated roll roofing. In 1954, they produced their first asphalt shingle.

6. Tesla – Solar & Steel Roofing

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Solar Roof combines the use of steel roofing tiles with glass solar tiles. Solar tiles made of glass generate electricity, and tiles made of architectural steel last longer and resist corrosion.

Both are sturdy, well-made, and designed to withstand any climate. Solar Roof is guaranteed to generate clean energy and shield your property from the elements for the next 25 years.

The solar energy generated by Tesla’s solar roof can be used to offset the cost of the system. Solar Roof is an all-inclusive solution that allows you to increase your solar output and get command of your electricity costs.

In late 2016, Elon Musk showed off his Solar Roof for the first time and announced a revised edition of the roof tiles in October 2019 to facilitate a quick installation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best type of roof for a house?

If you can afford it, a metal roof is bestfor the following reasons (benefits set out by State Farm insurance):

  1. Durable: this roofing material can last 50 years or longer. They are also capable of withstanding inclement weather, especially high winds.
  2. Customizable: you can get metal roofs that fit in with pretty much any architectural style of home. Moreover, you can get many colors too, which is cool.
  3. Not flammable: They are not flammable, unlike wood shingles.
  4. Save money on cooling costs: Because they reflect the sun, they reduce home cooling costs which is a big plus in hot climates.
  5. Recyclable: Not only are metal roofs made of recycled materials, but when replaced, they are 100% recyclable.

While metal roofs have many benefits, they are not cheap costing up to three times the amount of traditional shingles. Moreover, they ain’t quiet in the rain (ping, ping ping).

Who invented modern-day roof shingles? When?

Before roof shingles were invented, roofers would usually cover the roof with a durable fabric or heavy paper and coat it with tar for protection. Then they would sprinkle the tar with sand to make it last longer. And eventually, roofing manufacturers began making pre-made rolls of paper with tar and sand already applied.

Henry Reynolds holds the dubious honor of inventing roof shingles. He was a roofer who, in 1903, came up with the idea of cutting the rolls of treated tar and sand into smaller pieces. The first shingles were hand-cut and smaller than the ones that we see today.

What materials are used to make different types of roof shingles?

There are a few different materials that are effectively used for shingles.

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  • Asphalt is the most common type of material. Standard shingles made with asphalt can be either conventional three-tab roof shingles or more decorative architectural shingles.
  • Metal is also used as for roofs. Typically, coated steel, stainless steel, or aluminum roofs are usually seen on commercial properties, although you will see copper, zinc alloys, or other metals used for homes.
  • Tile or terracotta clay shingles are also commonly used, more often in warmer climates because they absorb less heat than asphalt.
  • Wood shingles and wood shakes are also used on many homes. Commonly made of cedar, they’re great insulators and the wood grain can add a distinctive flair to a rooftop.
  • Slate is also used to make shingles. Made out of thin slats of stone, slate is extremely durable. It’s also fireproof. And it’s eco-friendly since there’s no manufacturing process needed to produce it.
  • Concrete can also be used as a roofing material. It’s very durable, but is extremely heavy.
  • Composite shingles are also available. They’re synthetically manufactured to look like just about any roof material.
  • Rubber is even used for roofs. Typically manufactured to look like asphalt, slate. or tile, rubber is attractive and very resistant to adverse weather.
  • Solar roof shingles are also becoming more popular. Not only will they reduce your utility bills, but they’ll also help you reduce your carbon footprint on the planet by not using other natural resources for energy.

Can roof shingles be recycled?

Just about all of the materials used in roof shingles can be recycled. Asphalt can always be ground up and used again. Metal roofs can be melted and reused. Tile, slate, concrete, composite, and rubber roof shingles are all non-toxic and can be recycled. Even the glass and wires used in solar roofing is recyclable.

Wood roof shingles are where you will need to be careful. If they’ve been treated with chemicals, they cannot be recycled or even burned. If the wood can’t be reused, it will often end up in a landfill.

How long do roof shingles last?

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That depends on the type of material they’re made of, how well they were installed, and how much of a beating they take from Mother Nature.

  • Composite shingles will last about 20 years.
  • Asphalt can last from 20 to 50 years, depending on its quality.
  • Rubber roofing materials will last about 30 years.
  • Wood will last 30 to 40 years.
  • You should get about 50 years out of metal roofs.
  • Tile and concrete shingles can last 100 years or longer.
  • Slate is the most durable, lasting 125 years to practically forever under the right circumstances.
  • Solar roofing will have a warranty up to 25 years, but their true longevity has yet to be discovered.

Are roof shingles waterproof?

Without a doubt, they are designed to be waterproof. Shingles are also installed with a second waterproof barrier between them and the roof’s frame. Typically, tar paper or roofing felt will offer the most effective protection under the shingles.

Can you paint roof shingles?

Technically you can paint anything, right? But it’s not always the best idea to paint some things. Roof shingles would probably fall into that category.

They’re designed to take a lot of abuse. And the final finish is incorporated into that design. The idea is for them to maintain both their integrity and their beauty throughout their lifespan.

Painting a roof either because it’s fading in places or just to change the color can be done. But a painted surface won’t be able to withstand the weather extremes for very long.

Are roof shingles slippery when wet?

Not only are they slippery when wet, but most of them are on a slant, making them even slicker. You should always be wearing the right shoes or boots when walking on a rooftop, and if possible you should avoid being on a wet roof unless you have the right safety precautions in place.

Are roof shingles nailed down?

Each type of shingle would be secured in its own way. Asphalt, composite, wood, tile, rubber, and metal shingles would be nailed down. But there is a certain way to drive the nails for each material. Concrete and solar shingles would use their own specific types of adhesives. And, slate uses nails for support, instead of being nailed down.

Can roof shingles be reused?

Most old roofs are replaced because they have reached their limits of endurance. But sometimes shingles can be reused, especially if a roof is being replaced for aesthetic reasons. If the shingles are still in good shape and waterproof, they can be reused to reconstruct a roof.

Can roof shingles be cleaned?

Not only can they be cleaned, but they should be cleaned on a regular basis. Most people have their gutters cleaned at least twice a year. And that’s the perfect time to take care of the roof as well.

Leaving wet leaves, twigs, and other debris on your roof shingles can cause a lot of problems, creating wet spots that can make the shingles begin to prematurely decompose. And those wet areas are ideal breeding grounds for insects and mold.

Can roof shingles be stained?

There are a few different things that can cause stains on a roof.

  • Sometimes in areas where the air is overly humid, the moisture can cause some roofing materials to cling to dirt and other particles in the air, creating stains.
  • Algae and moss are also common problems in some areas, leaving a variety of colored streaks.
  • Mold and mildew will create stains.
  • Tree limbs hanging over rooftops can also drop sap, causing unsightly streaks on roofs.
  • Metal roofs can sometimes show stains caused by rust.
  • Soot from fireplaces can collect on certain areas of the roof, causing dark stains.

Can roof shingles be pressure washed?

The most effective way to clean a roof is to have it professionally pressure washed, especially if you are trying to get rid of stains. While you can always rent your own power washer and attempt it yourself, it’s really in your best interests to have someone cleaning it that knows what they’re doing.

Not only are you thinking about your safety, but you are also protecting the structural performance of your roof. Too much pressure from a power washer can cause damage to some roof surfaces.

Some roofs can be successfully cleaned with a pressure washer, removing any stains and bringing them back to life. Unfortunately, some issues can’t be remedied by cleaning, meaning it would be time for new shingles.

How are roof shingles made?

The main ingredient in the most common shingles is asphalt. It is mixed with powder made with crushed limestone. This becomes the filled coating. The fiberglass mat is the backing of the shingle. The filled coating is applied to both sides of the fiberglass at temperatures of 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, a machine presses sand and shingle granules to the base sheet. It is then covered with a strip of sealant. The shingles are then cut into the appropriate size, placed on palettes, and shipped off to warehouses.

What size nails for roof shingles?

Typically for architectural shingles and 3/8-inch-thick sheathing, you will use 1-inch nails. However, if your code requires you to have thicker sheathing, you will need a 1 ¼-inch nail. The thicker the shingles are means you will need longer nails.

How many roof shingles are in a bundle?

A bundle is a term commonly used for a package of shingles. Each bundle contains about 15 to 29 shingles. Therefore, you can expect a bundle to cover about 33 square feet regardless of the type of shingle.

How much does a bundle of roof shingles weigh?

A bundle of typical architectural shingles is going to weigh somewhere between 60 pounds and 80 pounds.

How many roof shingles do I need?

A roofing square covers about 100 square feet of the roof. Therefore, you need to know the square footage of your roof to determine how many shingles you need. For example, if your roof is 2400 square feet, then you divide 2400 by 100 to get 224. That means you need 24 shingle squares to cover your roof.

Do I need a permit to replace roof shingles?

Typically, you only need a permit if it is a significant roofing project. Roofing repairs do not usually require a permit, but it depends on how large the job is.

Can you put salt on roof shingles?

No, salt is corrosive and will damage your roof.

Will vinegar hurt roof shingles?

No, vinegar is not harmful to roofs. On the contrary, it is the best way to clean your shingles.

Is calcium chloride safe for roof shingles?

Not exactly. Calcium chloride will cause damage to your roof over time and extensive use.

How long does it take for roof shingles to settle?

Most manufacturers of asphalt shingles say it takes a minimum of two full days of temperatures over 40 degrees Fahrenheit for the shingles to bond together.

Why do roof shingles get blown off, buckle, curl up, and get black streaks?

Moisture, algae, and rotted wood are the culprits for causing many problems with your roof. Black streaks are caused by blue-green algae that creates a hard and dark outer coating.

Your roof absorbs moisture which causes the decking to shift and the buckling of the shingles. When the roof decking begins to rot, the nails pop out, which allows the shingles to blow off.

Why does moss grow on roof shingles?

Moss grows on the roof as a result of moisture and organic debris. The more water and debris on the roof means, the greater the chance of moss growing. When your roof gets a lot of shade, it creates the perfect environment for moss to grow.

Are roof shingles flammable?

Roof shingles are created with a fiberglass core that is flame-retardant. Therefore, they will not burn easily. However, if they are exposed to direct flame for extended periods, they will catch on fire.

How hot do roof shingles get?

Dark roof shingles usually get 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit over the temperature. So on a 100-degree day, your roof shingles could get as hot as 150 degrees Fahrenheit.

Shingles vs. Metal Roof — what’s better?

Pros (shingles vs. metal roof)

When it comes to building a house: cost, curb appeal and quality are the three main factors everyone cares about. For many people the answer to this puzzle lies with a single word in the residential roofing industry: shingles.

Good quality shingles can be great insulators keeping your home properly insulated against extreme thermal changes. That means the right quality of shingles can help you save on the cost of air conditioning as the temperatures in your home are often well regulated requiring little or no extra regulation.

Roofing shingles also provide a rich selection of roofing design options to choose from. You can also pick a suitable color from the rich variety of roof shingles colors that will effectively add aesthetic appeal to your home.

Most importantly, shingles tend to cost less than other roofing materials such as metals. This means you can save quite a bit if you go with shingles for your roofing design. All you need is to know a bit about the shingle options available for your specific roofing needs and you can be sure to find an effective and affordable way to cover your house.

Cons (shingles vs. metal roof)

Some shingles such as asphalt may not measure up to metal roofing when it comes to durability and strength. This is the main disadvantage of using shingles as a roofing material.

Shingles also tend to be considerably vulnerable to extreme weather conditions. Extreme heating from the sun may cause shingles to age quickly. In addition, a good roofing design with shingles requires a great deal of expertise and workmanship. Otherwise, the shingles can experience punctures or blow-offs.

Wrapping it up

Choice is good and bad. We’re fortunate to have so many great roofing options, yet it’s difficult to make a decision sometimes when faced with so many options. Interesting tidbit I read recently is that Costco found that they increased sales when they carry fewer brands of a particular product line. What this illustrates is that we have a psychological tendency to prefer having to choose from fewer items than many even if logically we think more choice is better.

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What type of shingles are the cheapest? ›

3-tab shingles are the cheapest of the 3 types of asphalt shingles and are a great option for a tight budget. But they're slowly starting to be phased out of the roofing industry. Dimensional asphalt shingles are the most common type you see on roofs today.

What is the best type of shingles for roofing? ›

Relatively lightweight, inexpensive, and easy to install, asphalt shingles are the best choice for most houses. They come in sheets that are layered on a roof to give the illusion of more expensive single shingles, such as cedar and slate, that are installed one shingle at a time.

How many types of shingles are there? ›

There are three major categories of asphalt roofing shingle products available today - strip shingles, dimensional shingles, and luxury shingles. It is important to understand the differences between each type of roofing shingle in order to pick the right product for your home.

What are the pros and cons of a shingle roof? ›

Here are some pros and cons to help you make the best decision.
  • Pros. Ease of Installation. Low cost. Long life span. Color and style selection.
  • Cons. Requires periodic maintenance. Low insulation value. Environmental effect. Shorter lifespan.
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What are the longest lasting shingles? ›

What's the Longest Lasting Roof Shingle? Tile and slate shingles last longer than asphalt, but at a much higher price. High quality asphalt shingles last up to 50 years. Tile and slate can last 100 with proper care, but also require a reinforced roof structure because of their added weight.

Which type of roof lasts the longest? ›

Roofing material that lasts the longest are concrete, clay or slate tiles. These materials significantly outperform other natural products like wood shakes or any manufactured roofing materials including asphalt shingles and metal roofing. Although these materials have a good lifespan, they are not as durable.

Which shingle has the best warranty? ›

#1: Golden Pledge Limited Warranty

From lifetime shingle coverage and a 50-year Smart Choice Protection Period to coverage for any needed tear-off and/or disposal services, the Golden Pledge Limited Warranty is the most all-inclusive option to protect you and your home from any potential risks.

Which shingles are better GAF or Owens Corning? ›

OC vs.

One area GAF Timberline Shingles really surpass Owens Corning is in their outstanding warranty offers. They are both pretty even when it comes to the standard roofing warranty, with 25 year limited and lifetime warranties on just about every type of shingle.

Are algae resistant shingles worth it? ›

Algae-resistant roof shingles are among the most sturdy and durable shingles you can get due to their natural composition. They can handle high temperatures, powerful winds, heavy snowfall, and hail.

What is the most expensive roof shingle? ›

Slate. Slate is hands down the most expensive roofing material on the market. It's ten times more expensive than the average asphalt shingle as it pairs well in Gothic, Tudor, Chateau or other expensively styled, historic-looking homes.

How long do composite shingles last? ›

Compared to asphalt roofing, composite shingles are made to stand the test of time. This type of roofing typically lasts 20 years. However, with the right materials and proper maintenance, composite shingles can last up to 50 years and beyond.

What are premium shingles? ›

Premium Shingles are usually described as laminated shingles that have a differentiated appearance from traditional dimensional shingles. These products may have designs that mimic “old-world” roofing shingles, like natural slate or natural shake shingles, to provide an enhanced aesthetic appeal.

What is better asphalt or fiberglass shingles? ›

Fiberglass shingles can last anywhere from 25 to 50 years, while traditional asphalt shingles usually last a maximum of 15 years. If you install fiberglass roofing and go with a more expensive roofing brand you can expect a longer life expectancy, better durability, and longer warranties for your roof.

What are 2 disadvantages to asphalt shingles? ›

Drawbacks of Asphalt Shingle Roofing
  • It's not the most durable roofing option. ...
  • Shingles can be damaged by high winds. ...
  • Mildew is a common problem. ...
  • It isn't the most energy-efficient option.
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How long do asphalt shingles last on a roof? ›

General life expectations of roofing materials:

Asphalt Shingles (3 tab Shingles): 15 to 20 years. Asphalt Architectural Shingles: 20 to 30 years. Built-Up Roof: (tar and gravel) 10 to 20 years.

What color roof lasts the longest? ›

Both light-colored and dark-colored shingles can last longer if given the necessary maintenance. The only thing tested and proven about light-colored shingles is that they help us keep the indoor temperature cooler in the hot summer season.

What is the most energy efficient roof? ›

Metal roofing is by far one of the best choices you can make for your roof in general. They're the most energy-efficient roof for residential installations, can last more than 50 years, and require very little maintenance. Metal roofs are very reflective, which is why they get so hot to the touch.

Are heavier roofing shingles better? ›

For example, in the roofing industry, it is universally agreed upon that the heavier the shingle, the more efficient said shingle is.

What type of roof is most expensive? ›

The most expensive type of roofing material is slate.

For labor and materials, you can expect the cost of a slate roof to start around $15.00 per square foot and has the potential to get up to around $30.00 or more per square foot.

What is the cheapest roof design? ›

Generally, a gable-style roof with asphalt roofing shingles is one of the most affordable roofs you can build on a residential home. Asphalt shingles typically cost $1 to $2 per square foot, excluding installation costs. Simplifying your roof design and lowering its pitch can also help you save money.

What shingle has a 50 year warranty? ›

American Roofing and Remodeling is a preferred contractor certified with Owens corning who offers a 50 Year shingles warranty. This covers both labor and material if a full roof replacement would need to be done.

Who has the best roofing warranty? ›

Top 5 Best Home Warranty Companies for Roof Warranty:
  • Choice Home Warranty (Best Overall)
  • American Home Shield (Most Customizable)
  • Select Home Warranty (Most Affordable)
  • The Home Service Club (Best For Quick Coverage)
  • Liberty Home Guard (Best Customer Service)

Does GAF have a 50 year shingle? ›

GAF Timberline HDZ

Timberline HDZ roof shingles are covered for a lifetime (50 years). GAF HDZ shingles also protect your home against algae for 10 years.

Is Timberline HDZ more expensive than HD? ›

The Timberline HDZ shingles are another one of GAF's most popular products, and when you see the advantages, you'll understand why. While they cost more than the standard HD line, they offer exceptional value through: More Durability: Compared to the HD line, the HDZ shingles offer much more durability.

Are GAF shingles more expensive than Owens Corning? ›

Owens Corning shingles are more expensive than GAF Timberline (Architectural) shingles, but they will last longer and provide better coverage. There is a division of the most popular shingles from both brands that includes GAF Timberline as well as Owens Corning Duration.

How long do Timberline shingles last? ›

GAF Timberline shingles tend to last about 15-25 years. They may not last as long as other types, including metal, copper, and even cedar, but they make up for it in other ways. Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing products on the market today for a number of reasons.

Are architectural shingles worth extra cost? ›

In a word, yes—the benefits of architectural shingles make the extra cost more than worth it. (Which, depending on your contractor, is around $15 per square. On most roofs, this results in the extra cost of $450.)

How long should a 30 year roof last? ›

The truth is, a 30-year shingle will not really last 30 years. The expected service life of a 30-year product, if properly cared for, is approximately 25 years. If it's not cared for properly, that 30 year shingle will only last 12 to 15 years.

How long do lifetime shingles last? ›

3-tab shingles have a manufacturer-specified lifespan of 25 years, while architectural shingles have a manufacturer-specified lifespan of 30 years. We like to say asphalt shingles should last around 80-85% of their maximum lifespan due to the factors that impact the life of a roof.

What is the best house shingle? ›

Ultimately, the test revealed that the top 10 shingle brands were:
  • Tamko – Heritage.
  • Owens Corning – Oakridge.
  • Owens Corning – Duration.
  • Owens Corning – Berkshire Collection.
  • IKO – Crowne Slate.
  • IKO – Cambridge.
  • Interlock – Alunar.
  • Tesla – Solar.

Are there different grades of roofing shingles? ›

Varying Levels of Performance

In general, there are three grades of asphalt shingles to choose from, ranging from good to better to best. At the lower tier, you have “3-tab” shingles, which are simply shingles comprised of three tabs.

Do architectural shingles last longer? ›

Because of their durability and high-quality composition, architectural shingles generally have a longer lifespan than the 3-tab variety. They stand up better to weather conditions such as heat, snow, ice, rain, and strong winds. Their average lifespan is about 18 to 20 years.

How much do composite shingles cost? ›

The average roofing installation price for a composite plastic shingle roof or plastic roof sheet costs anywhere between $25,000 to $50,000 depending on the slope, pitch, and size of your roof. You can expect to pay $4 to $6 per sq. foot or $400 to $600 per square installed on a standard sized single story home.

Which is better asphalt or composite roof? ›

Composite roofing shingles are usually more durable than asphalt shingles as their materials can better withstand harsh weather conditions. Both options have water-resistant properties that help prevent algae growth. Composite shingles can handle more powerful wind storms, from 110 to 190 mph winds.

What is the difference between asphalt shingles and composition shingles? ›

The terms "asphalt" shingle and "composition" shingle are general terms for the same thing. The term “composition” is used because the shingles are a composite product made from either a fiberglass or a cellulose mat, and asphalt and minerals, as opposed to a single material, such as wood shingles or clay tiles.

How do you choose the quality of shingles? ›

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Are dimensional shingles better? ›

Because of the double bonded layer, dimensional shingles actually offer more protection from wind and hail — with the heaviest grades able to withstand 130 mph winds. Other benefits include: Longer lifespan - 40-50 year warranties is not uncommon.

Is Owens Corning a good shingle? ›

Owens Corning shingles are well known for their high quality because of the materials that are used and the process by which they are made. The shingles are layered with: Patented Fiberglas, which protects against the elements, and has a class A fire resistance rating.

Will black shingles make house hotter? ›

In general, lighter-colored roofs reflect away heat rays from the sun, but dark-colored roofs absorb much of that heat and transfer it into the rooms below. So, yes, black roofs do attract more heat. Or course, color isn't the only aspect of your roof that affects home temperature.

Can you walk on Fibreglass roof? ›

Yes, a Fibreglass Roof can be walked on. Depending on the volume of foot traffic expected for the roof to take, this will determine the weight of matting that should be used in the construction of the roof.

Are fiberglass shingles worth it? ›

Because of their fiberglass base, fiberglass asphalt shingles are more fire-resistant than organic asphalt shingles. They do not have the flammable paper or felt base, making them a better shingle for hot climates. They're both fire retardant and heat resistant.

What's the difference between asphalt and shingle roof? ›

The main difference between Asphalt shingles and architectural shingles comes down to durability, versatility, and price. Asphalt shingles are made from fiberglass layered between asphalt and ceramic covered granules. The result is a water-resistant coating that also deflects UV light.

What are the pros and cons of architectural shingles? ›

They are popular with builders and homeowner associations because of their broad appeal, variety, and relatively affordable cost. They are great for many roofs, but not all.
Problems with Architectural Shingles
  • Can't be installed during extreme weather.
  • Lesser grades, like 3-Tab, have a shorter life span.

Do roof shingles melt? ›

The heat can also cause the shingles themselves to dry out and even melt a little. Then as the temperatures cool, the shingles contract and crack. One sign that your asphalt shingles are degrading is when you notice tiny granules in your gutters or on the ground, especially after a storm.

What is the most energy efficient roof color? ›

White is the best color for energy efficiency because of the albedo effect. With a white roof, or a roof with a color that has similarly lighter hues, the sun's rays are reflected instead of absorbed.

How much does it cost to replace a roof on a 2200 square foot house? ›

A 2200 square-foot roof will cost the average homeowner between $5700 -$9100. Your home needs a new roof and there are many factors working into that.

Can you put a new roof over an old roof? ›

Roofing over an existing roof is also called reroofing or an overlay. It is the process where roofers install a new roof over your existing one, i.e. add a new layer of shingles, which means that the old roof will not be removed/teared off.

What is the cheapest roofing style? ›

If you want the absolute lowest costing roofing material, asphalt shingles are usually your best option. Dimensional asphalt shingles are very durable, affordable, and go well with most residential structures. Affordable concrete tiles or corrugated metal roofing can also be great options for a budget-friendly roof.

How much is the cheapest bundle of shingles? ›

Traditional asphalt shingles can range from $100 per square and $30 per bundle, while slate may run $800 to $1,600 per square, and $270 to $540 per bundle. Solar shingles can run even more, costing $2,200 per square or $730 per bundle. Options are available for any budget or design aesthetic.

What is the most economical roofing material? ›

Asphalt is the cheapest of all roofing materials in the market and will last you between 15 to 30 years. This is the best option for homeowners facing budgetary constraints. It is also widely available and comes in a variety of colors.

Are black shingles cheaper? ›

What is this? Long Lifespan – Black asphalt roof shingles are more economical and can last from 15 to 30 years.

What is the easiest roof to install? ›

Most homeowners in the U.S. choose asphalt shingles because they are of the easiest to find, most affordable and versatile types of roofing.

What is the strongest type of roof? ›

Corrugated galvanized steel is one of the strongest, most durable roofing materials, since it lasts longer, is more resistant to wind, and absorbs less heat than asphalt shingles.

Will roofing prices go down in 2022? ›

Material shortages

In 2022, roofing material prices increased by about 6%-8%, and may continue to rise by 10%-12% within the next year. This includes the prices for shingles, underlayment, decking, and other essential materials for a high-quality roof.

What is the average cost of a bundle of shingles? ›

Prices are based on a cost of around $30 to $35 per bundle of asphalt three-tab shingles or about $90 to $100 per square.

How much does it cost to replace a roof on a 2200 square-foot house? ›

A 2200 square-foot roof will cost the average homeowner between $5700 -$9100. Your home needs a new roof and there are many factors working into that.

Are luxury shingles worth it? ›

Because luxury asphalt shingles are thicker, they have the longest lifespan of the asphalt shingles. With that in mind, you should get up to 30 years of life out of luxury asphalt shingles. In perfect conditions, you can push that number even further. Just know there are a lot of factors that impact the life of a roof.

Should I put a second layer of shingles on my roof? ›

A second layer of shingles will decrease the integrity of your new roof and lower its lifespan. That's because shingles aren't designed to have a second layer of shingles on top of them! Plus, all that extra moisture and heat being applied to the first layer of shingles will make that first layer age faster.

What are the best roofing sheets? ›

Foam backed polycarbonate and clear polycarbonate roofing options are the most commonly used types of polycarbonate sheets. Foam-backed polycarbonate roof sheets are lightweight and durable. They are installed in industrial buildings, like warehouses, because of their longevity and strength.

What color roof shingles last the longest? ›

Both light-colored and dark-colored shingles can last longer if given the necessary maintenance. The only thing tested and proven about light-colored shingles is that they help us keep the indoor temperature cooler in the hot summer season.

What color roof is most energy-efficient? ›

Generally, lighter-colored roofs are more energy-efficient than darker ones. Light colors more effectively reflect solar radiation, which helps to reduce heat and keep the inside of the home at a more stable temperature.

What color of roof shingles is best? ›

17 Facts and Tips on How to Pick Shingle Colors to Complement Your Home
Beige/CreamBrown, Black, Grey, Green, Blue
BrownGrey, Brown, Green, Blue
WhiteAlmost any color including Brown, Grey, Black, Green, Blue, White
Weathered Wood or Log HousesBrown, Green, Black, Grey
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