Choosing Shingles for Your Home

Shingles should be chosen carefully. Your house shingles are slightly less visible than your windows and siding, and much more important in terms of protecting your home. When you are choosing shingles for your home, take time to learn about the many options available.

Composition (Asphalt) Shingles

These shingles are the least expensive, very popular, and are available in many colors and styles. They are lightweight, fire retardant, and fortunately, easy to install, which you will have to do again within 15 to 30 years.

Metal Shingles

Metal shingles resemble composition shingles, and some are made to resemble wood, tile or slate. Metal is fire retardant and very practical if you live in snowy areas. Metal shingles are more expensive than composition shingles, but they last much longer.

Wood Shingles, or Shakes

Wooden shingles can rot, and therefore require constant attention. They are also flammable, and will need replacement after 15 to 20 years of dedicated maintenance. So, why pay for wooden shingles? They’re gorgeous, and for some people, that’s enough.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles are delicate, heavy, and difficult to install or replace. They are also quite expensive. Their advantages are primarily their longevity and their looks. Absent hailstones or flying debris, tile roofs could last nearly a century.


Slate shingles are heavy, expensive, and require specialized installation. They are also low maintenance, fireproof, and can last a century. If you choose to invest in a slate roof, ensure that your building will last as long as the roof will.

There are two things to remember when choosing your roofing materials; you get what you pay for, and you must be able to live with what you get. Happy shingling!

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