If it’s time for a new roof, numerous options exist. The shingle style, price, and durability, along with the price of installation, are all factors to consider. The durability of different shingle styles can vary based on the quality of the materials, the installation method, and the climate in which they are installed. There are pros and cons to every shingle style.
Asphalt Shingle Styles and Durability
Most homes in the United States have some kind of asphalt shingle roof. They vary widely in style and price. The most affordable asphalt shingle style is a 3-tab. A 3-tab shingle is thinner than the more premium asphalt shingles. There are also dimensional asphalt shingles that are heavier than a 3-tab, thus more expensive, and hold up better in heavy storms. Also more aesthetically pleasing than the 3-tab, dimensional asphalt shingles are a good middle-road option if you want a balance between budget and upscale.
A luxury asphalt shingle comes in numerous types, as do other asphalt shingles. Notably, luxury shingles can look like wood-shake roofs or slate. Luxury shingles are more durable, double the weight of a 3-tab, and can withstand more damage from heavy storms. With regular maintenance, Asphalt shingles typically have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years, depending on the quality of the materials and installation.
Metal Roofs vs. Aluminum Shingle Styles and Durability
Your choices aren’t limited to asphalt shingles. Metal roofs are typically made from steel, copper, zinc, or aluminum and they can come in a variety of styles and designs, such as standing seam, corrugated, or metal shingles. Aluminum shingles are made from a thicker gauge of aluminum and are typically designed to mimic the look of traditional roofing materials, such as slate or wood shingles. Both materials are lightweight and strong, but aluminum is more lightweight than steel and is resistant to rust and corrosion.
Price ranges for any metal roof will far surpass an asphalt shingle. The cost of metal roofs and aluminum shingles can vary depending on the specific material and style chosen, but in general, metal roofs tend to be more expensive than aluminum shingles due to the greater durability and longevity of the materials. Metal roofs may not be suitable for anyone that is super sound-sensitive. All metal roofs are noisier in a rain or hail storm than asphalt roofs.
Metal roofs are a more durable option, with a lifespan of 50 to 75 years or more when properly installed and maintained. They are also energy-efficient and can be made from recycled materials. They hold up better in severe storms. Aluminum is light and can be a good choice for older homes with less structural integrity. Corrugated and standing seam roofs are incredibly durable. Metal roofs are less likely to blow off than asphalt roofs in storms with extreme winds.
Wood Shingle Styles and Durability
Wood shake shingles have been around for a long time. In the 18th century, they were hand-split. Then the shakes were coated with various materials to protect them so they would last longer. Wood shingles are also made out of wood but are precisely cut for a different look. Before considering a wood roof of any kind, call your homeowners insurance because your premiums may escalate considerably.
Wood shingles are a natural and aesthetically pleasing option for roofing, but they require more maintenance than some other materials. A properly cared-for wood shake roof can last between 30 to 50 years, depending on the quality of the wood and the climate. In wet climates, they may be more susceptible to rot, mold, and mildew.
Slate Shingle Styles and Durability
Slate shingles are a popular roofing option that offer a natural, elegant look and exceptional durability. There are several different slate shingle styles to choose from, including standard or square slate, textured or graduated, diamond or hexagonal, scallop or fishscale, and even random width slate shingles that come in varying widths and can be installed in a random pattern, creating a more rustic, natural look.
Slate shingles are one of the most durable types of roofing materials, with a lifespan of 75 to 100 years or more. They are also fire-resistant and require little maintenance. However, they are one of the most expensive types of shingles and require a skilled installer.
Tile Shingle Styles and Durability
Tile shingles are a popular roofing option that offer a classic, elegant look and exceptional durability. Tile is a good choice if you are looking to make a statement with the architectural style of your roof. Spanish, Mission, or French tile shingles are typically made of clay or concrete and can be found in a range of colors. Tile shingles made from natural slate offer a unique, natural look and exceptional durability. Metal tile shingles can be designed to mimic the look of traditional tile shingles, but with the added durability and longevity of metal. They can come in a range of colors and finishes.
Tile shingles are also very durable, with a lifespan of 50 to 100 years or more. They can withstand high winds, hail, and fire. However, they are heavy and require a strong roof structure to support them. They can also be expensive to install and repair.
Choosing the Roof That’s Right for You
As you can see, the durability of different shingle styles can vary, and there are other factors to consider when choosing a roofing material, such as cost, aesthetics, and environmental impact. It’s important to carefully consider your budget, style preferences, and local weather conditions before making a decision. Stuart Exteriors can consult with you to determine the best option for your new roof.