7 Types of Roof Shingles You Should Know About

Roof Shingles

Have you ever noticed the overlapping squares or rectangles on rooftops? They are called roof shingles. They are made of various components arranged in neat rows from the roof’s bottom to the top edge.

They act as a barrier against snow and water and help protect your roof against leaks and mold, enhancing its durability. Roofing contractors use various shingles depending on the climatic conditions, budget, durability, and aesthetic appeal. Here, we give you a low-down on the seven most widely used roof shingles.

3-tab roof shingles

These are among the most commonly used shingles in America. Mostly made of asphalt, they get their name because of the typical rectangular look when installed. So, if you want something for your roof that is durable yet cost-effective, 3-tab shingles are a great option.

Architectural roof shingles

Made of asphalt, they come in various colors and are a bit more resilient than 3-tab shingles. Therefore, they give you more variety to choose from, and you can rely on their strength. 

Tiled roof shingles 

Made of terracotta, they have been popular since ancient times. They are a favorite in the SouthWest region of our country, thanks to their energy-efficient quality. They are usually designed in a wave shape and are available in multiple colors and styles. They can last for up to 100 years and more if you buy superior quality.

Wooden shingles 

They have been a preferred choice for centuries, as they provide better insulation than other types of shingles. They also give your house an old-world charm. But do not confuse wood shingles with wooden ones. Both are different; the wooden ones are split into one or both sides and have a textured appearance. They are also thicker than wood shingles.

Slate roof shingles 

Though they have been around for a long time, slate roofs got popular in the 1800s, when people started preferring them over wooden ones. They are robust, eco-friendly, and fireproof. Many of the oldest buildings in the United States have slate shingles. They are manufactured in different colors and stone variations, giving you several options to choose from.

Solar roof shingles 

Solar shingles are a relatively recent invention and are used in areas that receive ample sunlight. They are designed with a photovoltaic film that absorbs sun rays and converts them into electricity. They look like standard shingles and function in the same way, but they are eco-friendly and use renewable energy for power generation.

Metal roof shingles

Metal roofings are standard roofing systems made with steel, aluminum, or alloys of copper, stainless steel, and zinc. They are available in unique designs such as wooden, tiles, and slate shingles. These shingles are exceptionally durable and last for a long time.

About DHI Roofing

We offer complete roofing, siding, and gutter services for residential and commercial customers in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and Iowa. A family-owned business, we’ve helped over 5000 homeowners in the last 15 years. Unlike other companies, we have a high-claim approval success rate with insurance and offer free inspection by a roofing professional. You can fill our contact form to know more.