A Look At The Different Choices In Asphalt Shingle Roofing


If you're getting a new asphalt roof soon, you should compare all the choices available when your contractor visits your home for an estimate. The roofing contractor can explain the differences in shingles and tell you their good and bad points. You can consider that information along with how the shingles look and your budget. Here are some choices available in asphalt shingle roofing.

Three-Tab Shingles

Three-tab shingles are common because they are economy roofing. This is the type of roof many people choose when they are on a tight budget. If cost isn't an issue, you may want thicker and more durable shingles, but the three-tab shingles should still last for many years.

The shingles come in several colors, so you can find something that matches your exterior paint, siding, trim, or shutters.

Premium Shingles

Premium shingles cost more than three-tab shingles, but they also last much longer. The shingles are thicker, and that makes them more durable. The extra thickness, plus the fact these shingles are laminated, give the roofing beauty and depth.

Premium shingles look like slate or wood shake shingles, so they have a more luxurious appearance than basic shingles. They also stand up to impacts and storms better thanks to their thickness and enhanced durability.

Architectural Shingles

Architectural shingles are also laminated and made to look like shake or slate roofing. These are thicker than three-tab shingles but not as thick and attractive as premium shingles. These are a good choice if you want more attractive shingles than three-tab shingles but you don't want to spend as much money as you need to for premium shingles. Like all other types of asphalt shingles, this roofing is available in several colors.

Alternative Shingles

Alternative roofing shingles are made from a material besides asphalt, but they resemble the appearance of asphalt shingles. This includes products made from plastic or rubber. These are sometimes called composite roofing shingles. You can also buy fiberglass shingles, and if you want shingles that look completely different, you can buy solar, metal, or wood shingles.

However, if you prefer the way asphalt shingles look and you want your roof to look like the other roofs in your neighborhood, then choosing between three-tab, premium, and architectural shingles is the way to go. The higher quality shingles cost more, but the expense is worth it since the shingles aren't damaged as easily as the less expensive variety and the more expensive shingles will give your home a beauty boost that improves your home's curb appeal.

Contact a company like United Roofing LLC to learn more.


29 November 2022

Roofing Fundamentals: What To Know Before Replacement

When it came time to install a new roof on my home, I had no idea where to start. In fact, I was exploring roofing options that were a really poor fit in my climate. It wasn't until I reached out to a local roofer that I got some lessons on how to choose the right roofing material for my home and the weather exposure it is subjected to. I built this site to share my journey, including the mistakes I made and the things that I learned along the way. If you are considering replacing your home's roof, I hope that the information here can help to guide you through the process.