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Which are the best shingles for your home?

Friday, January 27th, 2017 by Weathertite Systems

Many homeowners are confused as to which shingle would best fit their home. There are many different kinds including asphalt, wood shakes and shingles, slate, and solar. It all depends on the homeowner's taste in aesthetics, functionality, and which roofing materials fit within their budget. Listed below are brief descriptions of different roofing options homeowners can choose for their homes.


Asphalt shingles are the most affordable and most common shingle chosen by homeowners. They are the simplest to lodge onto the roof. Two types of asphalt shingles include organic and fiberglass. Fiberglass shingles are made from woven fiberglass mats and they are concealed with waterproof asphalt coating. The shingles are also covered with granules that provide UV protection. Organic shingles do not measure up to the lifespan of asphalt shingle — they are made from recycled felt paper and like fiberglass, they are coated with asphalt and granules. These shingles are more expensive than fiberglass and are thicker than fiberglass. Their thickness can lead to issues because the shingles are very porous which can lead them to change shape, shrink, and crack easier than fiberglass shingles.

Wood Shakes and Shingles

Although Wood Shingles are more expensive than asphalt, they are visually appealing to homeowners. Their life span ranges from thirty to fifty years. Shakes are thicker than shingles. The shakes are made from logs while shingles are cut from a block of wood. Wood shingles are cut by machines while wood shakes are hand cut to make them look more pastoral. Wood roofs are more expensive than Asphalt. On average they are twice times more expensive. They require treatment so that they do not rot, desiccate, or crack.


Slate roofing is very eye catching, leading many homeowners to install it because it looks very attractive. Unlike many other roofing, slate roofing lasts for more than one hundred years. Not only does it look beautiful, but it also is functional in preventing fires. The downfall to slate roofing is the high expense.

Solar Shingles

Shying away from the traditional roofing, solar has become very popular within the last couple of years. Solar shingles not only differ in look but they also differ in function. Traditional shingles are used just to keep the home safe from leaks and well sheltered, but solar shingles are used to produce electricity for the home. Unlike traditional asphalt or wood shingles, solar shingles cannot be installed directly to the roof. They need to be installed over other types of roofing. They cannot cover the whole roof; they are mainly limited to the south region of the roof. They tend to last about twenty-five years.

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