asphalt-shinglesOne of the most common questions we get here at Bluebird is “should I get a different type of shingle from standard asphalt shingles?” Asphalt shingles are the most common type of shingle, but are they right for you? It depends on many factors, including budget, type of home, how strong your roof is, and personal preference. Let’s take a look at four types of shingles that people can choose from when it comes time for new roof installation.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are a great option for most homes. One reason is that they are the most affordable while providing many years of service protecting the top of your home from the elements. Asphalt shingles fit in with houses in nearly every neighborhood, and they’re a less heavy option than tile. Because asphalt shingles are such a popular option, you’ll have many color and brands to choose from, and prices will change accordingly.

Asphalt shingles are relatively fast to install, at 1-2 days for most houses. Asphalt shingles are also the easiest to install, but you’ll still want to find a roofing contractor who knows how to do it right; mistakes can be costly.

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Standing seam metal roofs are an excellent option for homes and businesses. Metal roof panels are cut and formed on-site at your building, creating a unique and professional look. Standing seam metal roofs are made from either steel or aluminum. The metal itself comes in a variety of colors and holds its color well.

Slate Shingles

Slate shingles are one of the fancier options you can choose in roofing. Slate shingles, when treated properly, can last a century or more and will hold up to fire better than asphalt shingles. If you’re changing from asphalt shingles to slate shingles, your roof may have to be reinforced in order to sustain the added weight. Slate shingles hold up very well to hail.

Slate shingles are perhaps the hardest type of shingle to get right during roofing installation. Also, if a tile roof requires repair you need someone who knows how to walk on tiles properly so that more aren’t damaged. Make sure you hire the best roofer around.

Cedar Shingles

Cedar shingles can look absolutely amazing on the right house. Because these shingles are made from wood planks, no two roofs are ever alike! You’ll also get to choose from red cedar or white cedar. Cedar shingles have to be installed in a very specific fashion in order to allow for airflow through them; this reduces the chance that moisture will build up and create a mold and mildew problem. The shingles come in a variety of shapes as well, so your home can have that special look that others will fawn over.

If you’re ready for a new roof, you should talk to your local roofer to find out just what type of roofing might be best for your home or business. Ready to get things started? Just have a simple question? We’d love to hear from you, so please contact us right here!