If you’re overwhelmed by the amount of options when replacing your roof, you’re at the right place. Indeed, when giving your roof a makeover, there are so many different shingle types available, from wood to stone to metal, and also many different brands. That’s why this article is here.
Given the huge number of choices, you may want a baseline of what others often choose. Asphalt shingles are probably the most popular roofing shingles around due to their affordability, but they can wear out after just two decades. Laminated variants of asphalt can last another decade or two. Rubber shingles are similar to asphalt shingles, though they are slightly more expensive. Asphalt and rubber should also be avoided if you live in a place with a lot of strong sunlight, as both materials can degrade due to it.
Wood lasts a similar amount of time to laminated asphalt, but is much more expensive. The only plus it has is its looks. Stone (such as slate) or tile shingles are more costly than asphalt, but are naturally more durable, and as such may have a better cost-effectiveness with a lifespan that can go over a century! Copper shares a similar amazing lifespan. Other types of metal, though, do not, with steel being the worst at around three decades. Aluminum can last a decade or two more than steel, but it can’t hope to compete with copper either.
An economic choice is solar shingles, though not all roofers may have these. Solar shingles are essentially small solar panels that can be wired into your home’s electric grid to lower external power use a little, and with that, lower your power bills. There are several other synthetic materials available as well, and most synthetic materials last around four decades.
Thatch could even be an option, assuming you can find a roofer who will offer it. It lasts for a decent four decades and has the ultimate medieval look. (Goes great with a wattle and daub house!)
But, to recap, if you want affordable roofing, go for asphalt. If you plan to stay in your home for a long while or are dealing with a building that needs a long-lasting roof, go slate, tile, or copper.
Here we’ll focus on a few of the top brands, based on the quality of their asphalt shingles. It may be extrapolated that other types of shingles will follow this quality guideline.
Several tests were done by Consumer Reports, a nonprofit consumer organization, to measure how much force each shingle could take.
So, the results: Atlas, GAF, CertainTeed, Tamko, Owens Corning, and IKO came out as the top brands. Any shingles from one of these brands should be a solid pick.
Great shingles are useless when installed shoddily. A bad roofing job can have durable stone shingles sliding off within a decade! Your choice of roofer is just as important, if not more, than your choice of shingle. We proudly recommend 1OAK Roofing, because here at 1OAK we ensure that your shingles are installed correctly and durably! If you want a roof replacement or need other roof service, feel free to call us today.