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8 Types of Roofing Shingles


8 types of roofing shingles from Louisiana Roof Crafters. Choosing the best roof shingles for your home may be a daunting undertaking. With a wide variety of shingles, prices, and styles available, choosing the right one for your home may be overwhelming. Besides, each type of shingle has its perks and downsides.

But we have brought you a comprehensive list of the 16 types of roof shingles you can find on the market. This list will help you make your choice.

1. Three-Tab Shingles

3-Tab shingles are popular and economical to install. These shingles cost between $350 and $450 per square foot to install, depending on your location. 3-tab shingles have an organic-mat paper foundation and are an inexpensive yet thin option. They wear out faster than usual.

2. Aluminum Shingles

Metal roof shingles are popular owing to their elegant look, durability, and color and pattern versatility. Lightweight aluminum shingles are easy to install and great for older homes that can’t withstand hefty shingles. Because of its resilience and extended lifespan, metal roofing is gaining popularity. In this sense, well-maintained aluminum shingles can last up to 100 years!

Aluminum roofs are expensive. Metal shingles cost $5 to $13 per square foot, or $500 to $1,300 per square, which is over 3-tab asphalt shingles.

3. Standing Seam Metal

A standing seam metal roof features vertical seams rising above the panel’s flat section. You can use standing seams to build walls or roofs. Indeed, the last of these uses is the most common. 

These roofs benefit from concealed fasteners. Your roofer can clip the metal panel to the roof deck or directly secure it to the ducking material using a fastening flange.

Standing seam roofs exist in several colors, widths, sizes, and thicknesses, making them attractive for their versatility.

4. Corrugated Steel

This metal roofing is roll-formed from metal sheets, and the roofers fasten the wavy steel panes to the roof. It is inexpensive, lightweight, sturdy, long-lasting, and energy efficient.

“Corrugated” refers to the wavy “S” form of roofing panels. Boxy, square forms can’t be corrugated. So, the term refers to ridged or grooved metal, including boxy, square designs. When defining the style of your roof, be sure to clarify.

Corrugating strengthens metal sheets, making them more break resistant. Likewise, these panels last longer because of their high strength-to-weight ratio.

5. Wood Shingles

They are manufactured from wood, as their name shows. Manufacturers carve wood shingles into equal forms, which limits design options. These shingles may decay and mildew if you do not give them proper maintenance. Yet, homeowners appreciate how they look. 

Wood shingles endure 15-50 years. It depends on the type of wood, how it is treated before installation, and the quality of installation and maintenance.

6. Wood Shake Shingles

Style is mostly the only difference between wood shakes and wood shingles. Roofing material producers use cedar to make shake shingles. Likewise, they saw off or manually split shakes while they trim shingles to match. Shakes made from logs seem more rustic than wood shingles.

Wood shake shingles are costlier and can last 30 to 40 years. However, its duration will depend on the type of wood, installation, and upkeep. Besides, they decay and mold as wood shingles do.

7. Clay Tiles

Clay is available in white, yellow, orange, and brown colors. They are durable. However, the density of the tiles varies depending on how long and how hot they were heated.

Clay tiles might cost two or three times as much as asphalt shingles. They are durable and long-lasting, eco-friendly, low-maintenance, and rot-and-mold resistant. But they are also costly, hard to install, brittle, heavy, and unsuitable for some roof slopes.

8. Concrete Tiles

Concrete tiles are cheaper than clay ones. They offer the look of clay tiles without the high cost. 

Concrete tiles have a 50-year lifetime, are fire-resistant, low-maintenance, and rot-and-mold resistant. But, eventually, their hue fades. Like clay tiles, these are heavy and not appropriate for all roof slopes. 

These are the first eight types of shingles on our list. As you can see, each one offers advantages and disadvantages. So, it’s up to you to choose the best for your property. However, you can count on a local and experienced roofing contractor to get guidance.

If you need help to make an informed decision about the material for your new roof, call Louisiana Roof Crafters at 985-238-4575 for more information. We service areas in Baton RougeDenham SpringsHammondCovingtonMandevilleSlidell, and New Orleans.

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