When it comes to your roof, you want the type of shingles that work best for you and your home. Everyone knows that the standard asphalt shingles are the most popular, but did you know that there are several different types of shingles that work just as well and can be added to your home? We want to take some time and talk about the different types of shingles.

Asphalt

Asphalt shingles are by far the most frequently used shingles and one of the biggest reasons why is because they are relatively cheap. They could also meet the requirements for Energy Star and earn you a rebate. However, these shingles have a short lifespan of only about 20-30 years.

Wood

Using shingles that are made from wood helps make your home look more natural so they are especially good for homes that are surrounded by trees. You have your choice of wood including cedar and redwood. These wooden shingles have a lifespan of 30-50 years depending on the type of wood.

Metal

Metal roofs are gaining traction in the roofing industry. They are recommended for especially flat or steep roofs and can be relatively inexpensive. The upside to metal roofs is that they have a lifespan of 50 years.

Slate

Slate shingles used to be popular at the turn of the 20th century but faded with advancements in roofing. These shingles have unbelievable lifespans of up to 50 years but you can still find the occasional old barn with slate shingles and not one leak.

Tile

If you want your home to have a classic Southwest feel to it, adding tile shingles is the way to go. The downside to tile shingles is that they are very expensive but they have a lifespan of about 80 years.

If you need a roof replacement, talk to your local roofing company about the different types of shingles you can choose from.